1 January 2017
Tumpat-Kuala Lipis: A landslide induced train derailment in Malaysia
Heavy rainfall in Malaysia over the last few days has triggered at least nine landslides on the Tumpat-Kuala Lipis railway line in Malaysia. The line will be closed for at least a week. One of these landslides derailed a train, fortunately travelling at a low speed. The 1Malaynews blog has a report in Malay, although as ever Google Translate does a fine job:
…commenting on the landslide that resulted in an intercity train from Tumpat to Kuala Lipis derailed this morning, Zaid said the incident occurred near Station Kuala Gris, Dabong.
“The train departed from Tumpat station at 4.30am heading to Kuala Lipis. When arriving in a tunnel, the train driver noticed landslides and stopped the train. However, while reversing the train, sudden landslides and struck the train, causing it to slide off the track,” he said. He said, however, that all 33 passengers and 4 crew were unhurt. “All the passengers and 4 crew was then walk 2 kilometers to Kuala Gris Station before being transferred by bus to Dabong Station.
The same site has a couple of images of the incident and the landslides:
Examples of other landslides on railway lines
- The Folkestone Warren landslide toe weight structure
- Landslide-induced train accident in China
- The location of the Italian train crash landslide
- Images of yesterday’s landslide-induced train incidents
- The train derailment on the West Highland line on Thursday
- Unbelievable – a video of a landslide striking and derailing a freight train in Everett, near Seattle, USA