MTR EMU SP1900 - Major Incidents

Major Incidents

At 09:15 on February 14, 2007, a passenger train of West Rail SP1900 broke down when one of the transformers mounted on the train roof exploded. It is suspected that the overheated transformer caused its insulating oil to vaporize, thus causing the explosion. In addition, the circuit breaker of the transformer apparently failed to cut the power supply to the transformer.

The scene was in the Tai Lam Tunnel southbound section, about 2 km from Tsuen Wan West Station. Around 650 passengers had to evacuate through the dark tunnel to the station, and around 340 people returned to the ground through a ventilation shaft at Chai Wan Kok. 11 passengers were sent to hospital. Train services returned to normal after 4 hours.

As an apology, Mr Michael Tien, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation chairman, announced that the West Rail would be opened for free rides on February 21, 2007, the first working day after the Chinese New Year holiday.

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