7 December 2000
West Rail and Light Rail carry out first joint exercise
 
Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation’s West Rail and Light Rail Divisions carried out their first joint emergency exercise this morning (7 December) to test the responsiveness of their rescue teams during an emergency.
A KCRC spokesman described the scenario behind the exercise: "A parapet on a West Rail construction site fell onto a section of Light Rail track. The parapet broke a Light Rail overhead electrical wire and hit a pedestrian. At the same time, a light rail vehicle struck the parapet and was derailed. Another pedestrian was hit, and five passengers on the light rail vehicle were injured. The Fire Services Department, the police and West Rail and Light Rail rescue teams arrived shortly afterwards to treat the injured and help resume Light Rail service."
The spokesman added: "This is the first of a series of joint emergency exercises which will be conducted by West Rail and Light Rail over the period of the project. The aim of this exercise was to review and test the co-ordinated response of the various parties involved and to enhance the rescue teams’ ability to deal with an emergency involving a railway in operation and a railway under construction."
"This kind of exercise assists in establishing and maintaining effective communication among West Rail, Light Rail and government departments during emergencies."
In addition to West Rail and Light Rail rescue teams, the Fire Services Department and the police also took part in today’s exercise.
 
Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation's West Rail and Light Rail Divisions carried out their first joint emergency exercise this morning (7 December) to test the responsiveness of their rescue teams during an emergency.
 
In the exercise, an injured pedestrian was evacuated from under the parapet soon after the firemen arrived at the scene.