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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Three workers feared dead after MRT span collapse

Crushing collapse: The concrete span which became dislodged from its piers.

Crushing collapse: The concrete span which became dislodged from its piers.

KUALA LUMPUR: Three people are feared dead after a 38m-long concrete span at the Mass Rapid Transit project near Kota Damansara collapsed.

The 300-tonne span which is made up of 14 units of segmented box girders had become dislodged from its piers before falling to the ground.

MRT Corpration Sdn Bhd confirmed that as at press time, three of its workers were still missing.

“Three workers are unaccounted for and are believed to be trapped underneath. Rescue efforts are currently on-going and an emergency response team is on standby at the site,” it said in a statement.

The missing workers have been identified as Bangladesh nationals Mohamad Faruk Khan, Mohammad Elahi Hussain and Mohammad Alauddin Mollik.

The incident occurred at the MRT worksite within the former Rubber Research Institute.

The incident happened at about 8.30pm while construction of the parapet was being carried out on the MRT elevated guideway.

It said police and Fire and Rescue Services had also been mobilised.

Investigations have commenced to determine the cause of the incident.

All work along the project site where the incident occurred has been suspended.

No members of the public were involved in the incident as there is no access to the site.

MRT Corp Chief Executive Officer Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid, who was at the site, expressed deep regret over the incident.

“Although investigations are under way, MRT Corp assumes full responsibility for the incident. Once investigations are completed, action will be taken against those responsible,” he said.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department operations director Mohd Sani Harul said the department was alerted about the incident at about 9.46pm.

Tags / Keywords: Courts Crime , mrt , trapped , kota damansara


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