The Pasir Ris rail accident was a train accident that occurred on 22 March 2016, at the track switch near Pasir Ris MRT station in Pasir Ris, Singapore, on the East-West MRT Line. A C151 train struck two SMRT Trains trainee track workers at around 60 km/h, resulting in their deaths; the two deceased workers were working on a track point machine at that time as part of a team of 15 track personnel. This incident was "the worst train accident" in Singapore MRT's history. SMRT Trains and one member of SMRT management were charged for violating the Workplace Safety and Health Act that led to this accident, were fined $400,000 and $55,000 respectively; the SMRT engineer who led the track team at the scene of the accident was dismissed from SMRT Trains and charged with negligence causing death under the Penal Code. The SMRT engineer was thus jailed for four weeks; the incident occurred at 11:10 a.m. on 22 March 2016, when a team of 15 track personnel was deployed to a track switch near Pasir Ris MRT station to investigate a high voltage alarm that indicated a possible track point fault.
The team of 15 track workers walked in a single file towards the track point equipment to investigate the problem, was granted track access. The two deceased workers, Nasrulhudin Majumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, were second and third in the team walking as a file on the sidewalk near the third rail. Both were trainees in SMRT Trains. No speed restriction or ATC-code restriction was imposed on that section of track and there was no railway watchman to warn train captains of the presence of workers on track; the train involved, trainset 073/074, was operated in automatic mode under Westinghouse ATC and maintained a speed of 60 km/h. The two deceased personnel, one supervisor, at least one more track worker crossed over the third rail and onto the track to access the signaling equipment. A senior officer in the team noticed the train and yelled "train is coming! The train is coming!". Members of the team tried to jump back into the sidewalk to seek refuge; the train driver applied the emergency brakes.
However, the train struck both Muhammad Asyraf. Nasrulhudin was crushed under the train. Both personnel were pronounced dead at the scene. Service between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris was suspended as a result for 2.5 hours, affecting 10,000 commuters. After an internal investigation, SMRT dismissed both the engineer who led the track team and the train driver involved at the scene of the accident; the sacking of both employees attracted online controversy, with Singaporeans on social media questioning whether it was fair to dismiss the train driver
Don Francis Bowman "Sugarcane" Harris was an American rock and roll violinist and guitarist. He is considered a pioneer in the amplification of the violin. Harris was raised in Pasadena, California, his parents were carnival entertainers. As a youth, he studied classical violin, learned additional instruments including harmonica and guitar. Harris began performing with a doo-wop group, The Squires, which included his childhood friend, the pianist Dewey Terry; the Squires recorded for Vita Records. Harris would perform in Little Richard's band in the 1960s. Harris and Terry formed a duo in 1956 as Dewey, they were recorded by Art Rupe on his Specialty label utilizing the services of legendary drummer Earl Palmer. The duo recorded on Rupe's other labels, Los Angeles Spot and Shade. Don & Dewey had no hits as an act, but several songs they co-wrote and recorded became early rock and roll classics for other musicians; these include "Farmer John", "Justine", "I'm Leaving It Up to You", "Big Boy Pete". Harris was given the nickname "Sugarcane" by bandleader Johnny Otis due to his behavior as a ladies' man.
After separating from Dewey Terry in the 1960s, Harris moved exclusively over to the electric violin. He reappeared as a sideman with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa, most recognized for his appearances on Hot Rats, on the Mothers of Invention albums Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh, his lead vocal and blues violin solo on a cover of Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart to You" on Weasels, his extended solo on the lengthy "Little House I Used To Live In" on Weeny are considered highlights of those albums. Zappa, who had long admired Harris' playing bailed him out of jail, resurrecting his career and ushering in a long period of creativity for the forgotten violin virtuoso, he played a couple of live concerts with Zappa's band in 1970, performed on four of Zappa's albums in total. During the early 1970s, Sugarcane fronted the Pure Food and Drug Act, which included drummer Paul Lagos, guitarists Harvey Mandel and Randy Resnick, bassist Victor Conte, the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative.
Conte replaced Larry Taylor, the original bass player. His first solo album is a forgotten masterpiece of blues, jazz and funk compositions, his 1973 live album Sugarcane's Got The Blues, recorded at the Berlin Jazz Festival, show an accomplished musician at the top of his game. In the 1980s, Sugarcane was a member of the Los Angeles-based experimental rock band Tupelo Chain Sex. Harris' marriage ended in divorce, he had two sons. Harris struggled with drug addiction throughout his career. For most of his years, he suffered from pulmonary disease, he died on November 27, 1999 in his home in Los Angeles, California, at age 61. Don „Sugarcane“ Harris – 1970 Keep On Driving – 1971 Fiddler on the Rock – 1971 Choice Cuts – 1972 Sugar Cane’s Got the Blues – 1973 Keyzop – 1973 Cup Full of Dreams – 1974 I’m on Your Case – 1974 Key Stop – 1975 Flashin' Time – 1976 Anthology Volume One – 2001 Cup Full of Dreams CD – 2011 Official website Don "Sugarcane" Harris at AllMusic Sugarcane Harris at united-mutations.com New Violin Summit at AllMusic