Authorities say six victims of crane collapse at SUKE construction site


KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities have confirmed that there are six victims of the crane that collapsed on a car at a Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) construction site here.

“Three died, while the driver of the car was gravely injured and has been sent to the hospital. Two other workers have been rescued," said Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department chief Nordin Md Pauzi.

“We believe that we shall have updates in about three hours, ” he said when met at the scene at Puncak Banyan, Persiaran Alam Damai on Monday (March 22).

Nordin said that the difficulty in retrieving the third body was due to stability issues and the weight of the crane.

Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon, who was also present there, said that the driver that was injured was driving his car when his vehicle was crushed by the crane.

“He has been sent to HUKM for further treatment. The police have opened an investigation paper and the deceased bodies have been sent for a post-mortem, ” he said.

This is the second incident involving the SUKE this year, as five people were trapped in a factory van travelling on the MRR2 Highway near Bandar Tasik Selatan on March 3 when a portion of a bridge under construction fell on it at around 5.58pm after it was hit by a trailer carrying heavy machinery.

In the previous incident involving the factory van, two women were killed while another three people were seriously injured.

Following the previous incident, Projek Lintasan Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Sdn. Bhd confirmed that the trailer that impacted scaffolding belonging to the SUKE construction site was a private vehicle and was not involved in or affiliated with the construction of the highway in any way.

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