One killed in bridge col­lapse

> 5 other work­ers in­jured, 1 still trapped


KUALA LUMPUR: A pedes­trian bridge be­ing built to link the RM7 bil­lion KL Eco City project to Mid Val­ley Mega­mall col­lapsed yes­ter­day, killing a con­struc­tion worker and in­jur­ing five oth­ers. One worker was still trapped un­der the rub­ble at press time.

“The Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment and K9 dog unit per­son­nel have been de­ployed to as­sist in search and res­cue op­er­a­tions to lo­cate the re­main­ing vic­tim,” Brick­fields dis­trict po­lice chief ACP Shahrul Oth­man told reporters at the scene yes­ter­day.

He said a to­tal of seven vic­tims, aged be­tween 25 and 32, were in­volved in the tragedy.

The de­ceased is be­lieved to be Viet­namese.

The five in­jured were sent to Uni­ver­sity Malaya Med­i­cal Cen­tre for treat­ment. Four of them are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Work on the KL Eco City project – a mixed de­vel­op­ment com­pris­ing three res­i­den­tial tow­ers, one ser­viced apart­ments tower, three cor­po­rate of­fice tow­ers, 12 bou­tique of­fice blocks and one re­tail podium – started in 2011 and is sched­uled to be fully com­pleted by 2023.

City Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Sam­sol Maarif Saibani said the depart­ment was alerted to the in­ci­dent at 3.33pm.

Checks by theSun showed at least six fire en­gines with 30 fire and res­cue per­son­nel at the scene.

The five vic­tims were res­cued from the rub­ble at about 6pm. They in­cluded Bangladeshis, Viet­namese and Saba­hans. The work­ers were hav­ing a late lunch un­der the bridge when it col­lapsed on them.

Sam­sol said the struc­ture had been com­pleted about four months ago.

“When the in­ci­dent hap­pened, ar­chi­tec­tural and fin­ish­ing work was be­ing con­ducted on the struc­ture,” he said, adding that build­ing plans for the bridge had been ap­proved.

“Since the in­ci­dent, the work along the pedes­trian walk­way has been halted and work­ers will not be al­lowed to ac­cess the area.

Sam­sol added that the bridge had flipped when it fell.


Far left: A con­struc­tion worker be­ing pulled out of the rub­ble by fire and res­cue per­son­nel.

Left: An in­jured worker be­ing taken to a wait­ing am­bu­lance.

Be­low: What is left of the pedes­trian bridge.

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