23 September 2005
Emergency drill for Ma On Shan Rail
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) carried out an emergency drill at Ma On Shan Rail Heng On Station early this morning to test and enhance 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 fire broke out on a southbound train as it was departing from Heng On Station. The flames spread and penetrated into train compartments causing heavy smoke inside the compartments. Meanwhile, the train driver found some essential components of the train had failed and the fail-safe system of the train activated the emergency brake, bringing the train to a stop just past the platform. Three passengers were injured. KCRC staff and rescue teams then rushed to the scene and evacuated the passengers.
The exercise was held after the close of traffic to avoid any disruption to train service. The latest exercise is one of the large-scale joint emergency drills KCRC holds with external parties every year to ensure the best possible responsiveness, co-ordination and communication among KCRC staff and emergency services organisations.
The rescue teams are evacuating the injured at this morning’s joint emergency drill at Ma On Shan Rail’s Heng On Station.