Light rail train derails at Chung Uk Tsuen Stop, 3 light rail routes to be diverted, shuttle buses arranged (Updated: 1.18pm)

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18th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) At 9.03am, Hong Kong police received a notification regarding a light rail train derailing while traveling towards Tuen Mun at Chung Uk Tsuen Stop. It is reported that there were no passengers on board, and no injuries have been reported thus far. Rescue personnel swiftly arrived at the scene to assess the situation, with ambulances on standby.

As a result of the incident, the following adjustments have been made to the light rail routes: Lines 610, 614, 615, and 751 will be diverted and will not stop at the affected stations until Hung Shui Kiu Bridge Stop. Hong Kong MTR has promptly arranged free shuttle buses to transport affected passengers between Hung Tin Road Emergency Platform and Siu Hong, offering an alternative mode of transportation. Passengers are advised to consider alternative means of travel, while MTR staff are actively managing the situation.

According to MTR, a two-carriage light rail train near Chung Uk Tsuen Stop experienced a derailment of one of its bogies. Engineering personnel promptly arrived at the scene to address the situation safely. They successfully separated the two carriages, inspected the train and related equipment, realigned the affected bogie, and subsequently towed the train away. By approximately 12:00 noon, the engineering team had effectively resolved the incident, and light rail services were gradually returning to normal. Initial suspicions point towards the presence of foreign objects on the tracks, and MTR will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

During the incident, light rail services were disrupted, and four light rail lines required diversion. This included Lines 610, 614, 615, and 751, with trains bypassing stations until Hung Shui Kiu Bridge Stop. To mitigate the inconvenience, MTR arranged complimentary shuttle buses to transport affected passengers between Hung Tin Road Emergency Platform and Siu Hong. Preliminary investigations by MTR Corporation, the operator of the light rail system, suggest that the incident may have been caused by foreign objects on the tracks. The incident was resolved by noon.

The police have arrested a 49-year-old truck driver surnamed She on suspicion of “dangerous driving.” According to the police investigation, the driver was transporting a batch of wooden planks along the section of Castle Peak Road – Hung Shui Kiu. When making a left turn onto Tin Ha Road, one of the planks measuring 50 by 20 centimeters fell off the truck onto the railway tracks, leading to the derailment of the light rail train. The case is being handled by the Traffic Accident Investigation Team of the New Territories North Region.

The incident occurred at around 9am. MTR Corporation reported that a two-car light rail train near Chung Uk Tsuen Station had one of its bogies deviate from the tracks, causing a disruption in light rail service. There were no passengers on board, and no injuries were reported. Engineering personnel arrived at the scene to conduct inspections and follow-up actions. By 11am, the two cars of the train were safely separated, and the train and related equipment were being examined. The affected bogie would be realigned, and preparations would be made to remove the train. The preliminary suspicion is that the incident involved foreign objects on the tracks, and MTR Corporation will investigate the cause of the accident. At noon, the train was repositioned, and engineering personnel also repaired the pedestrian crossing. Half an hour later, the derailed train was removed.