ETS trains to resume services tomorrow

liowPETALING JAYA: Passenger trains on the north-south trunk line will be running again tomorrow, two days after services were disrupted by the derailment of a cargo train near Batu Gajah, Perak.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said he has instructed Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd to clear at least one track of derailed carriages by tomorrow at the latest.

“We do not want commuters from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur to encounter any difficulties,” he said.

The railway has arranged for 36 buses to ferry commuters from Kampar to Ipoh for them to resume their journeys.

Railway chairman Nawawi Ahmad confirmed that the Electric Train Service will resume operations, with about 70 percent of tracks cleared, and 17 of 25 derailed carriages lifted off the tracks.

Nawawi said a KTMB inquiry board will look into the cause of the accident. “We will record a statement from the train driver and review the recorder which contains all the details such as speed limits during the incident,” he said.

A cargo train en route from Kuang, Selangor, to Tasek to collect cement derailed at 3.15am on Friday at Kota Bharu, Lahat, near Batu Gajah.

Two locomotives and 25 empty carriages went off the rails, blocking the two tracks of the north-south trunk line.