PETALING JAYA: Rescuers have recovered one body and are working to retrieve two more people believed to be trapped underneath a concrete span which collapsed at the MRT construction site in Kota Damansara on Monday night.
According to a statement released by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), the body of the victim, identified as Mohammad Elahi Hossain, was recovered at 2.34am, Tuesday.
“The body of the Bangladeshi national has been sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital for post mortem, while efforts are still ongoing to search for Mohamad Faruk Khan and Mohammad Alauddin Molik who were also working on the span during the accident.
“The operation at present involves cutting eight tendons loosen the 14 segmented box girders (SBG) that are stressed together to form the fallen span,” the statement said.
Selangor Fire and Rescue department operations director Mohd Sani Harul said he could not confirm whether the two workers were alive or not.
In an earlier statement, MRT Corp confirmed that a span of the MRT guideway had dislodged from its piers and fallen on the ground below at 8.30pm Monday. The incident occurred while work to construct the parapet for the guideway was being carried out.
The span, made up of 14 units of segmented box girders, is 38m in length and weighs 300 tonnes.
No members of the public were involved in the incident as there is no access to the site. The location of the incident site is within the former RRI land near the future Kwasa Damansara MRT Station.
“Investigations have commenced to determine the cause of the incident,” the statement said.
MRT Corp Chief Executive Officer Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid, who was at the site, expressed deep regret over the incident.
Although investigations are underway, MRT Corp assumes full responsibility for the incident. Once investigations are completed, action on those responsible will be taken,” he said.
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