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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – More than 200 people were injured in Malaysia on Monday when two light metro trains collided in an underground tunnel near the Petronas Twin Towers in the capital Kuala Lumpur, officials said.

The incident occurred at around 8:45 p.m. (12:45 GMT) when one of the trains, which was empty after being repaired, collided head-on with another train carrying 213 passengers traveling in the opposite direction on the same track, said district police chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah mentioned.

Forty-seven people were seriously injured and 166 others were slightly injured, he told reporters. The accident occurred in a section of tunnel about 100 meters (330 feet) from the KLCC station outside the Petronas Towers.

“We are still investigating the incident …, but we suspect there may have been miscommunication from the train operations control center,” Mohamad Zainal said.

Videos and photos of the incident posted on social media showed several bleeding commuters and broken glass panels inside the trains, operated by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad.

Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said the collision was the first major accident in 23 years of operating the metro system, and he promised a full investigation.

The 88-story Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world.

(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Mark Heinrich)