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09 August 2009

2 Republic Poly Students Killed On Railway Track

Bodies of two Republic Polytechnic students were found near the KTM railway track at Upper Bukit Timah Road on Saturday. The couple, 19-year-old Chinese boy Goh Sheng Yao and 20-year-old Chinese girl Lee Jing Yu, were believed to be in a relationship.

The police received a call at 5.24am that a train had knocked down a couple at the track near Railway Mall. The couple were pronounced dead at 6.08am.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said that the Chinese boy's left leg was amputated and he suffered an open head wound and multiple body fractures.

The girl, also Chinese, had multiple body fractures, and her right leg was nearly severed at the knee.

Ms Shahriza Embi, a Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) spokesman, said that an empty KTM train heading to Johor Bahru knocked down the couple. 'We had no idea how they got there.'

The morning shuttle between Johor Bahru and Singapore was cancelled. Four other train services were delayed for between one and two hours.

The couple, believed to be students from Republic Polytechnic, were apparently sitting on the track when the train came.

Source: StraitsTimes

Republic Polytechnic students received an email from their Director of Office of Corporate Communications Khng Eu Meng informing them of the unfortunate accident:

“Dear students and staff,

It is unfortunate that we have to break this news to you. The bodies of two students from Republic Polytechnic were found on the Malaysian rail line this monring, 8 August, at 5am. The deceased were from SOH (DIEM): Goh Sheng Yao; Lee Jing Yu Clara.”


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