Sunday February 10, 2013
Train engine catches fire after derailment
By KIATISAK CHUA
BUTTERWORTH: The engine of a south-bound Sinaran Utara train, carrying more than 150 passengers, caught fire after it derailed between Bukit Mertajam and Simpang Ampat here.
No passengers were injured in the incident which happened at 2.45pm.
The train, with 10 coaches, was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Butterworth when it went off the track.
Melissa Maxwell, 68, from California, said this was the first time she had experienced a derailment.
“I was planning to go to Kuala Lumpur with my husband when it happened. The railway authority was very efficient and we were assured that everything would be fine,” she said.
A Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) spokesman said investigations had started to find out the cause of the derailment.
The passengers were ferried to other train stations by bus for them to catch another train to Kuala Lumpur,” said the spokesman.
He added that other train schedules were not disrupted by the incident.