13 October 2004
Emergency drill for Beacon Hill Tunnel
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) carried out a drill inside the Beacon Hill Tunnel in the early morning today together with various emergency services organisations including the Fire Services Department, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Hospital Authority, the Auxiliary Medical Services and the Civil Aid Services.
More than 100 members of the public took part in the exercise. The drill was one of an annual series conducted to ensure the best possible responsiveness, co-ordination and communication among KCRC staff and various emergency services organisations.
In the scenario for the drill, a southbound train hit a man inside the Beacon Hill Tunnel and then derailed. About 400 passengers were evacuated from the train and 20 were injured. KCRC staff and relevant Government Departments carried out evacuation and rescue operations immediately after the derailment. The exercise was held after close of traffic to avoid disrupting train service.
Safety and Quality Manager Mr Alex Lau said the exercise went smoothly and the result was satisfactory. Various rescue teams worked well together and demonstrated high levels of coordination and communication, which was necessary in effectively handling emergency situations. The procedures for handling emergencies in a tunnel and the skills of all the parties involved were tested.
He added that East Rail organised five large-scale emergency drills with different scenarios every year. Inviting members of the public to participate in the drill was an excellent way to educate the public on how to respond in the event of emergency, and the Corporation would consider doing so again in the future.
KCR East Rail organised a joint emergency drill in the early morning of 13 October 2004 at the Beacon Hill Tunnel in which a KCRC train was simulated to derail.
Rescue team takes care of injured passengers.