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Second Penang Bridge ramp collapses

June 7, 2013 - 12:40pm


Photo: The Star

A 30m wide ramp which connects to the Second Penang bridge in collasped last night. Both the ramp and bridge are still under construction. 

Penang deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar has confirmed that at least three people were injured in the incident. Malaysian media have also reported four are feared dead. A body was also pulled out from a car at 12.40am this morning.

The New Straits Times has identified two of the people who were injured in the accident last night. They are an Indonesian worker who was only indentified as Slamat, 36, and an a Myanmar national, Tin Maung Iwin, 39. Both of them were sent to hospital and are currently in a stable condition. 

The spokesperson for construction company Azizi Azizan said the accident occured when concrete pouring works were being carried out.

In a statement to the media, Penang state executive councillor Lim Hock Seng has promised that a thorough investigation will be carried out and that at the moment they do not know the exact cause of the accident.

According to the Malaysian insider, that particular section of the Second Penang bridge was originally slated to be completed in December of last year. The RM152 million (S$61.1 million) project which was awarded to a local company involved building four ramps which connect the bridge to an existing expressway on Penang island.

Source: The Star, New Straits Times, Malaysian Insider

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