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Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company (BEM) has launched an urgent investigation after rainwater leaked into an MRT Blue Line train during a downpour. The incident occurred around 6:35 PM yesterday, as the train was travelling between Taopoon and Tha Phra stations. Startled passengers took to social media, with one image showing a commuter using an umbrella inside the carriage to shield themselves from the dripping water.


BEM officials quickly responded by conducting a preliminary examination once the train reached Tha Phra station. Passengers were safely transferred to another train, and the affected train was taken out of service for a detailed inspection. This rapid response highlights BEM's commitment to passenger safety, but the company understands that the rainwater intrusion has triggered public concerns.


In a statement released today, BEM reassured the public that all its trains are equipped with devices designed to prevent electrical short circuits and grounding systems to avert potential shocks. They emphasised that passenger safety remains their top priority, and such incidents are taken very seriously.



Initial speculations suggest that the leak might have been due to an unforeseen weakness in the train’s structure or a lapse in maintenance. However, the full investigation aims to determine the exact cause and implement measures to prevent any recurrence.


BEM is expected to release further updates as the investigation progresses. Meanwhile, regular maintenance checks and additional inspections are being conducted on all trains to ensure that such incidents do not become a recurring issue.


For now, BEM advises passengers to report any unusual occurrences immediately to train staff and assures that all complaints will be addressed promptly. This incident serves as a wake-up call for BEM to bolster inspection routines and safeguard against any potential malfunctions, promising a secure and reliable commuting experience in the future.



Picture courtesy: Thai Rath



-- 2024-05-23


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Looks like a Bangkok Post video to me, thought using their material wasn't allowed on here?


Maybe have to let that AI fella know......

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Wet & wild: Commuters caught in unexpected MRT downpour
by Puntid Tantivangphaisal



Photo courtesy of The Nation

Bangkok commuters experienced a shocking surprise on Tuesday evening when their usual MRT Blue Line ride turned into an unexpected indoor waterfall.


Passengers on the MRT Blue Line, travelling from Tao Poon to Tha Phra, were caught off guard around 6.35pm when water began pouring from the ceiling. The chaos unfolded shortly after the train left Bang Sue station, turning the commute into a scene of mayhem.


A viral TikTok post by @nittakwang captured the moment, showing a crowded carriage with passengers scrambling to stay dry. Some even resorted to using umbrellas inside the train.


Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM), the operator of the Blue Line, swiftly issued a statement attributing the incident to heavy rainfall. They confirmed that once the train reached the Tha Phra terminal, it was immediately cleaned and taken out of service.

BEM apologised to affected passengers and promised compensation, reported The Nation.

They assured the public that they would conduct a thorough inspection of the train carriages to identify and rectify the source of the leak.



In related news, a family of three narrowly avoided tragedy when liquid cement from a Pink Line MRT construction site spilt onto their sedan on Saturday, March 30. The incident damaged the car and caused injuries to a three year old girl.


The mother recounted that while passing under the Mueang Thong Thani MRT Station construction site, an object struck her car, causing damage to both the front and rear wind widescreens.


In other news, the MRT Yellow Line in Bangkok recommenced limited operations following a disruption caused by loose parts falling from the track. From March 29, the service operated with a temporary 20% fare discount until full service resumed.


The incident prompted a collaborative investigation involving representatives from the Eastern Bangkok Monorail Co. Ltd. (EBM), the Transport Ministry, the Department of Rail Transport, and the Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA). The Yellow Line, managed by EBM, operates between Lat Phrao and Samrong.


Source: The Thaiger 2024-05-23


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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Initial speculations suggest that the leak might have been due to an unforeseen weakness in the train’s structure or a lapse in maintenance.


Neither is good. In fact, both are downright dangerous.

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM), the operator of the Blue Line, swiftly issued a statement attributing the incident to heavy rainfall.


I think we already knew where the water came from - what we were wondering is how it came through the roof of the train 🙄

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MRT clarifies water leakage caused by clogged A/C system




The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) today clarified that the water leakage on a Bangkok MRT train captured on camera was due to a clogged air-conditioning system. The incident occurred at 6.35pm on Tuesday, May 21, on a Blue Line train travelling from Bang Sue station to Tao Poon station, which saw water flowing from the A/C vents, causing concern among passengers.


The MRTA explained that the leakage stemmed from an issue with the drain hoses of the air-conditioning system, which led to water flowing back into the train. This clarification by the MRTA came amidst speculation that the leakage might have been due to rainwater, especially given the heavy downpours in Bangkok at the time.


“The leakage was caused by a problem with the drain hoses in the A/C system, not rainwater seeping through the roof.”


The agency further assured that immediate measures have been taken to prevent such incidents from occurring again. Maintenance frequency for the air-conditioning systems has been increased to ensure they remain in optimal condition.


In its statement, the MRTA reiterated that all trains are equipped with safety systems designed to prevent short circuits, alleviating any safety concerns passengers might have had.


“Safety is our top priority, and we have systems in place to ensure that such incidents do not compromise the safety of our passengers.”


Unrelated to rain


The timing of the incident coincided with the Thai Meteorological Department’s announcement of the start of the rainy season, which likely contributed to the initial confusion regarding the source of the water leakage.


The MRTA was quick to dispel these rumours, emphasising that the water leakage was entirely unrelated to the rain.


Their quick response follows a video clip which went viral on social media. The clip, humorously titled “Today’s MRT, from passengers to victims #MRT #Rain,” shows the unexpected nature of the incident.


In response to the incident, the MRTA has pledged to enhance its maintenance protocols and ensure that all systems are functioning correctly to avoid any recurrence.


The state enterprise has also committed to improving communication with passengers to keep them informed about any issues and the steps being taken to address them, reported Bangkok Post.


As Bangkok enters the rainy season, the MRTA’s prompt response and reassurance come as a relief to many who rely on the MRT for their daily commutes.


The enhanced maintenance measures and safety assurances aim to restore passenger confidence and ensure a smooth, safe travel experience.


By Mitch Connor

Image courtesy of Phornlert.gp/Wikipedia


Source: The Thaiger 2024-05-22


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10 hours ago, stupidfarang said:

they just sat there!

Do you know how rare it is to find a seat on those trains, no way were they giving it up......:cheesy:

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