Underground sewerage project halts after car plunges into hole

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  • Tuesday, 03 May 2016

Firemen lifting the vehicle out of the hole along Jalan Universiti

A stop work order has been issued to the Petaling Jaya North’s underground sewerage project developer Mangkubumi Sdn Bhd, after a car drove into one of its excavated holes.

“All of their projects in the city will be stopped until further notice and no work can be carried out by them,” said Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Engineering Department head Ismail Shafie.

When contacted, a Mangkubumi spokesman told StarMetro that they had received a stop-work order from the council as of 4.40pm today.

“We will also be attending an emergency meeting with the city council tomorrow morning to go over the footage, as there was a closed-circuit television camera monitoring that area,” he said.

He assured that Mangkubumi would ensure all their excavation and pipe-jacking works for the PJ North project were properly secured as the stop-work order went into effect. 
According to MBPJ councillor Lee Suet Sen, the driver is believed to have ignored instructions given by the traffic personnel in charge and lost control.

This resulted in the car plunging into the 15.4m-deep hole along Jalan Universiti, which has been dug for the underground sewerage works.

Both passengers, a man and a woman, were lifted out together with the car wreckage and sent to Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for treatment. Both escaped with minor injuries.

According to the Fire and Rescue Department, who sent firefighters from the nearby Damansara Station in SS2, the operation to retrieve the car took about two hours to complete.
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