15 August 2006
Emergency drill for West Rail
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, in collaboration with Fire Services Department, the Hong Kong Police Force, Hospital Authority and Auxiliary Medical Service, carried out an emergency drill inside the West Rail Tai Lam Tunnel section this morning. The drill was designed to test the co-ordination and responsiveness of all rescue teams in handling an emergency situation.
The exercise was held after the close of traffic to avoid any disruption to train service. It simulated an incident of a passenger train travelling from Tsuen Wan West Station to Kam Sheung Road Station, during which the driver saw a trespasser carrying a long metal bar walking on the track inside the Tai Lam Tunnel section. The driver immediately sounded the horn and applied the emergency brake. After the train had stopped the train driver found that the first car of the train had derailed, with 20 passengers injured. The trespasser was trapped under the train and was found unconscious.
The driver immediately informed the West Rail Control Centre of the incident. KCRC staff and relevant rescue teams were summoned to the scene to rescue and evacuate passengers. To facilitate the rescue, KCRC arranged two emergency rail buses to convey firemen and rescue equipments from Pat Heung Depot and Tsuen Wan West Station.
KCRC Safety and Quality Manager Mr Alex Lau said, "KCRC staff and various rescue teams demonstrated a high level of responsiveness, coordination and communication skill. The whole process of drill was very smooth."
 
KCRC organizes a joint emergency drill inside West Rail Tai Lam Tunnel to test and enhance the responsiveness of KCRC staff and rescue teams. KCRC staff and emergency teams joined hands to rescue the injured.