JOHOR BARU: Train services from Singapore to Kelantan were disrupted after a passenger train hit a derailed container wagon on a parallel track in Kempas here.
About 150 passengers of a KTM Berhad train from Singapore to Kelantan were thrown off their seats when one of the coaches hit the wagon as the train was about to pass through a container-loading area at 7.20pm.
No one was seriously injured.
It is learnt that the wagon had derailed as it was being pulled by train heading towards Pasir Gudang.
Witnesses said they saw one of the coaches of the passenger train hit the derailed wagon, bringing it to a stop.
A passenger, Intan Kamarulzaman, 31, said she saw the derailed wagon from her window in one of the coaches.
"Our train was passing close to the wagon. I thought all the coaches would pass but the train suddenly stopped as it rounded a bend following a loud crash.
"The impact threw us out of our seats," she said.
Intan and the other passengers were told by railway officials to get off and walk close to half-a-kilometre to the nearest station which is in Kempas Baru.
KTM's response to the crash and its treatment of the passengers were criticised.
A Segamat-bound passenger, who wanted to be known as Angie Lay, said she and her 6-year-old son were slightly injured but there was no medical personnel waiting to attend to them.
"I fell on my side and my son hit his head on the door. When we picked ourselves up, we were told to walk to the station. There was nobody to tend our injuries.
"No ambulance, police. Nothing.
"It's fortunate that we only got bruised. What if someone had been seriously injured?"
Officials at the station told the passengers they could either get a refund or wait for a replacement train at 11.30pm.