Train services were disrupted along the East Loop of the Sengkang Light Rail Transit (LRT) due to a power fault, stranding several passengers on Friday night. Residents also took to social media to report that they heard a loud "boom" at around 8pm following which smoke appeared from Bakau station.
According to Singapore Civil Defence Force, two fire engines, two fire bikes and two support vehicles were rushed to the scene. Officers also evacuated 20 commuters from the LRT train that had stopped in the middle of the track. One commuter said that passengers were trapped in dark train cabin, reported Channel News Asia.
At around 9.10pm, rail operator SBS Transit tweeted that the disruption was due to a power fault. "At 8.44pm, power was switched off on the Sengkang East loop for checks. Services in one direction of the Sengkang East loop resumed at 9.19pm. Services will continue in one direction for Sengkang East and West until the end of passenger service hours," said Tammy Tan, senior vice president for corporate communications at SBS Transit, as reported. Authorities have also ordered an investigation to find out what caused the fault.
It was reported that the LRT services in one direction resumed at 8.14pm, 10 minutes after the power fault occurred.