20 July 2005
Emergency Drill for Ma On Shan Rail
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) carried out an emergency drill near Shek Mun Station early this morning. The drill was designed to test the co-ordination and responsiveness of KCRC staff, the Fire Services Department and the Hong Kong Police Force in emergency situations.
In the drill scenario, a Ma On Shan Rail train driver spotted a trespasser carrying a long steel bar walking along a maintenance walkway as the passenger-carrying train was approaching Shek Mun Station. The driver sounded the horn to warn the trespasser, who then lost his balance and fell onto the tracks, where he was hit by the train. As a result, the train’s first car derailed and two passengers on board were injured. KCRC staff and various rescue teams were summoned to assist in the rescue of the injured persons and the evacuation of other passengers.
The drill was conducted smoothly, and the various rescue teams demonstrated a high level of co-ordination and communication.
The exercise was held after the close of traffic to avoid any disruption to train service. KCRC organises a number of large-scale joint emergency drills with external parties every year to ensure the best possible responsiveness, co-ordination and communication among KCRC staff and emergency services organisations.
KCRC organises a joint emergency drill in the early morning of 20 July near Shek Mun Station of the Ma On Shan Rail. The rescue teams are saving the injured.