Two MTR trains collided in Hong Kong. Photo: MTRC

Two MTR trains collided at about 3 am on Monday on the Tsuen Wan Line in Hong Kong during testing of the railway company’s news signaling system.

The MTR Corporation said one of the trains involved derailed in Central Station and services between Admiralty and Central Station remained suspended for Monday, Apple Daily reported.

The accident happened when a train from Central Station heading to Tsuen Wan collided with another Central-bound train between Central and Admiralty Station during testing of a new signaling system.

According to the photos released by the rail operator, two trains were badly damaged after one of the trains tilted and derailed. Doors and windows were broken and debris was scattered on the floor. Two drivers suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Queen Mary Hospital for treatment.

The fire service department said the first compartment of the Central-bound train, as well as the third and the fourth compartments of the Tsuen Wan-bound train, were damaged.

Two MTR trains collided in Hong Kong. Photo: MTRC

The operator said Island Line trains through Central were not affected, but services on the Tsuen Wan Line were running between Admiralty and Tsuen Wan at 3.5-minute intervals during the morning rush hour.

Frank Chan Fan, the Secretary for Transport and Housing, has asked MTR Corp to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident. Chan requested the chairman of the company to call an urgent board meeting, according to a government release.

The railway company started its HK$3.3 billion (US$420 million) signaling replacement work in 2015, but the system has come under the spotlight in recent years due to a number of breakdowns, most notably in October last year, when disruptions affected four major lines for six hours. Hundreds of thousands of commuters were affected.

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