Three Workers Killed in Construction Site Accident in Kuala Lumpur
KUALA LUMPUR – Three Chinese nationals working to help build an elevated highway in Kuala Lumpur were killed when a large crane structure crashed onto the ground and flattened a car below, Malaysian media reported on Monday (March 22).
Three people in the car were injured, officials said.
The horrific accident followed another three weeks ago when two women in a van were crushed to death after scaffolding from a section of a bridge along the same new highway collapsed, and fell on the van after being hit by a trailer lorry on March 3.
Speaking about Monday’s accident, Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department chief Nordin Md Pauzi was quoted by The Star online news as saying: “Three died, while the driver of the car was gravely injured and has been sent to the hospital. Two other workers have been rescued.”
It was not clear where the three Chinese workers were when the crane structure fell. The crane was one of several large machines being used to build the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway, or SUKE, to link areas in southern Kuala Lumpur to the east of the federal territory.
Malaysiakini news reported that the three killed were employees working on the construction project. Two died on the spot and the third man was later reported to have died.
Mr Nordin said there were difficulties in retrieving the third body at the accident site in Cheras district due to stability issues and the weight of the crane.
Pictures in the media showed the badly crumpled front part of the Perodua car.
Commenting on the accident, Senior Works Minister Fadillah Yusof was quoted by Malaysiakini as saying roads or lanes must be closed to all traffic if a heavy structure needs to be removed in implementing road or highway construction projects.
He later ordered an immediate stop to construction and maintenance works at the site.
In the deadly March 3 accident, five people were travelling in the van near Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur when heavy scaffolding and other construction material crushed the vehicle. The trailer lorry that hit the scaffolding at the bridge was carrying heavy machinery.
The two women who were killed had been on their way to work in a factory. The other three people, including the van driver, were seriously injured.
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Article Source : The Star