Last Updated on 2023-03-28 , 10:15 am
On the night of 23 March, a 33-year-old woman was found dead on the LRT train tracks at Cove Station, along the Punggol East Loop.
As a result, the station was cordoned off, and train service was stopped on the Punggol East and West LRT loops.
At around 10 pm on 23 March, SCDF received a call for assistance at Cove Station, located at Punggol Field. The police were alerted to a possible unnatural death at the same time.
There, they found a woman lying motionless on the LRT tracks, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 52-year-old resident of the area told Lianhe Zaobao that she had heard a rumour from her neighbours that a woman had fallen onto the tracks. When she went to take a look, three police cars and one ambulance were at the scene. The station was also cordoned off.
Because of disruption due to the incident, SBS transit offered free bus services to transport affected commuters.
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No Foul Play Suspected
Based on preliminary investigations, no foul play is suspected in her death. However, further investigations are still ongoing.
Pasir Ris-Punggol Member of Parliament (MP) Yeo Wan Ling posted about the incident on Facebook, with pictures showing an ambulance and police cars on the scene.
She informed commuters of a “service disruption” because of an “ongoing incident” and requested that commuters make alternative travel arrangements.
“My team and I are currently on the ground to render necessary assistance,” she wrote.
In 2021, a man was killed by an MRT train near Kallang Station after gaining access to the train tracks.
His death was ruled a suicide by the coroner.
The track he died on was part of the East-West Line, at a portion where it transitioned from overland to underground.
According to the police, he had climbed up the fencing and pushed the barb wire down in order to get to the track.
Following this, wire coils were put in place to prevent further entry.
A recent report states that 114 people in Singapore were saved from suicide by the suicide prevention charity Samaritans of Singapore (SOS).
Its website provides advice on what to do if suicidal thoughts occur, and urges people to seek help if needed. It also has resources to help others assist people in crisis.
It also has articles about spotting suicide warning signs, in all aspects of behaviour like speech, actions, and general mood, and urges caregivers to pay attention to the physical, emotional and mental states of their loved ones.
If you’re feeling suicidal or need help, here are some hotlines:
• Institute of Mental Health’s Mental Health Helpline: 6389-2222 (24 hours)
• Samaritans of Singapore: 1-767 (24 hours)
• Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
• TOUCHline (Counselling): 1800-377-2252
• Community Health Assessment Team 6493-6500/1
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