9 May 2002
"Surprise" exercise to enhance East Rail’s emergency handling skills
 
East Rail staff took part in a "surprise" emergency drill simulating the derailment of a freight train carrying chemicals this afternoon to test their efficiency and competence in carrying out emergency evacuation and rescue operations.
The "surprise" exercise was carried out at Hung Hom Station. The derailed freight train hit an East Rail passenger train on the adjacent track. Chemicals spilled onto the tracks and East Rail traffic had to be suspended.
East Rail staff soon arrived on the scene, rescued the "injured" and sent them to hospital and cleaned up the chemicals.
Mr Louis Leung, East Rail’s Quality, Safety and Training Manager said a total of five emergency drills with different settings and scenarios are organized each year to strengthen efficiency of the rescue team. These include two "surprise" exercises which involve East Rail staff only and three "announced" drills which involve other emergency service organizations including Fire Services Department, Police and Hospital Authority.
Apart from the drills, refresher courses are also organized to review emergency handling procedures so that staff will be better prepared for real emergencies.
 
East Rail staff took part in a "surprise" emergency drill simulating the derailment of a freight train carrying chemicals this afternoon to test their efficiency and competence in carrying out emergency evacuation and rescue operations.
 
East Rail engineers repairing the derailed freight train at the drill.