Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Litigation recourse? - Lorry on tracks halts Komuter services

I wonder what else can KTMB do when I read the NST- Lorry on tracks halts Komuter services. Shouldn;t they sue the contractor for damages?

Why not??

Lorry on tracks halts Komuter services

17 May, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: A runaway lorry disrupted the KTM Komuter service yesterday evening, leaving 3,000 passengers stranded by a freak accident. The lorry, carrying construction material, was parked on an unfinished elevated highway near Jalan Ipoh when its brakes failed, causing it to plunge 15 metres down onto the railway tracks.

The lorry also brought down power lines, causing six trains to stall. There were no casualties.

The mishap resulted in the closure of the stretch of railway track between Putra and Sentul stations.

Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdulah, managing director of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad, said he was at the control centre at KL Sentral when he received a call about a service disruption at Sentul.

"I got on the commuter service and after the train passed the Putra station, it could not go any further and passengers were forced to get down mid-way," he said.

"I am not satisfied with the contractor. Imagine what would have happened had the lorry plunged down when a train was passing."

Salleh said KTMB staff and the contractors were working around the clock to clear the tracks, and a crane was used to lift the lorry off the tracks.

"We are rescheduling the service to use the track with the power line still intact," he said.

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