PHILIPPINES. Muntinlupa: A heavy load caused the Skyway Highway to collapse, crushing several vehicles and causing injuries in Muntinlupa City, leaving the service road inaccessible to traffic.
Begun on 17 Feb, he Skyway flyover ran over the South Luzon Expressway built in April 1995. The government expected the project to be complete this December as it was excluded from the restrictions of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
The accident caused several casualties and damages
The steel girder collapsed on East Service Road of Barangay Cupang at 8:50 AM on 21 Nov. 2020 on the heels of the recent typhoon. In an interview with Transcontinental Times, a representative of the Muntinlupa City said, “The Skyway contractor installed the steel girder but, the boom crane collapsed which led to injuries to three people and damages.”
The injured were brought to Asian Hospital for medical treatment. The Skyway construction damaged a taxicab, a Mitsubishi L300 van, and a Mitsubishi Adventure vehicle. Also, it crushed two motorcycles on the road. The incident happened in front of the Uratex Muntinlupa Showroom.
However, CNN Philippines reported the latest update of the incident. The update is there six people injured and one person dead. And seven vehicles got damaged in the accident.
The incident delays the construction project and accountability
The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and Engineering Equipment Incorporated (EEI) head stage three of the Skyway construction. The Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Goddes Hope Libiran said on Facebook, “A steel girder from the Skyway Extension project accidentally fell at the East Service Road from this morning. However, the initial assessment shows the crane of EEI fell as it moved to the next position then hit the steel girder that caused it to fall.”
The EEI will issue a statement and attend to those involved in the Skyway construction accident. Meanwhile, the unexpected incident moves the target completion date to February 2021.
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