One person was killed while four others were injured after a steel girder used in the Skyway extension project fell on 6 vehicles in Muntinlupa City on Saturday morning, November 21.
In a statement by Skyway contractor EEI Corporation, the incident took place around 8:50 AM along the East Service Road in Barangay Cupang, Muntinlupa.
“At 8:50 this morning, a crane that was being positioned for its next task tilted and fell on the girder spanning the two posts of the north-bound Skyway extension project,” EEI said.
“The girder fell on vehicles below, killing at least one and injuring at least persons who were rushed by ambulances from the Skyway O&M Corp. and EEI to various hospitals,” EEI added.
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EEI said that it will review its safety protocols following the incident to ensure that it does not happen again.
“Our hearts and prayers go with the affected families. This is an unfortunate and heartbreaking accident that must not happen again. We will review immediately our safety and operating protocols as we build a strategic infrastructure for the public’s convenience,” it said.
The contractor also said that it was monitoring the progress of those injured, as it was trying to get in touch with their next of kin “for proper coordination and to extend any assistance they may need.”
Among those affected were three cars and two motorcycles while those injured were brought to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.
The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project is a design and build contract between EEI and Citra Express Corporation (CCEC), the proponent, concessionaire, and implementing body, and San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the majority owner of CCEC.
SMC, in a statement said that “after initial assessment” the incident has set back the target completion of the Skyway extension project from December 2020 to February 2021.
“We deeply regret this unfortunate accident and assure a full and thorough investigation. Our thoughts and concern are with the victims and we will make sure they will get all the help they need. Their welfare is our priority,” SMC said.