Supervisor escapes being hit by falling beams


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 Sep 2007

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NILAI: Huge beams erected for a flyover across the Seremban-Kajang Highway came crashing down on Thursday night, narrowly missing a motorist who was with his aged parents. 

Building supervisor Azmi Aziz, 32, had picked up his parents Aziz Sedes, 72, and Mahani Wahab, 64, from their home in Felda Pasoh near Simpang Pertang and headed to Kota Damansara when the flyover collapsed near Pajam at 11.30pm.  

Azmi slowed down when he saw debris falling from the uncompleted flyover. 

“I could see some workers on the higher ground but my instincts told me that it was not safe to pass through. 

“I immediately slammed the brakes and reversed my car,” he said, adding that the beams collapsed seconds later. 

Fallen bridge: Huge beams of an uncompleted flyover at the Seremban-Kajang Highway lie on the road after collapsing shortly before midnight on Wednesday. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt as motorists stopped short orscrambled away as the beams fell. A car wasdamaged. —LOW BOON TAT/The Star

Eight concrete beams, measuring at least 40m long and weighing 70 tonnes each, collapsed.  

The front part of Azmi’s Proton Waja was badly damaged when the falling beams hit it.  

Several other motorists also managed to stop their vehicles before the beams came crashing down. 

“There were no signboards or hazard lights or security personnel at the stretch to warn motorists of the construction work.  

“Someone has to be responsible for this,” said a shaken Azmi.  

Azmi said he planned to take legal action against the contractor.  

He lodged a report at the Nilai police station. 

Nilai assemblyman Datuk Peter Lai Yit Fee, who visited the scene, was briefed by engineers from the sub-contractors involved.  

He said a report would be  

submitted to the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) on the incident. 

“Work will only be allowed to resume once the MHA gives the go-ahead,” he added.  

Officials from the contractors declined to speak to reporters.  

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