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Collapsed girder delays Skyway Extension Project completion

Collapsed steel girder to delay Skyway Extension Project. Photo from MMDA.

Completion of the Skyway Extension Project will be pushed back by two months due to the collapse of a steel girder at the East Service Road, Cupang, Muntinlupa over the weekend.

From the December 2020 deadline, target completion is now February 2021, according to project proponent San Miguel Corporation.

Initial assessment shows that a crane of project contractor EEI fell as it was moving to its next position, hitting the steel girder, causing it to fall.

At least six vehicles were reported to have been affected. One person died from the accident.

“Even with a contractor handling construction, ultimately, we are responsible for the welfare of those who were affected. I would like to personally apologize to the victims and their families, as well as to our larger community in Muntinlupa,” SMC president and COO Ramon Ang said in a statement.

This terrible and tragic accident has affected me in ways I can’t even begin to express. I have not stopped thinking about the people who were affected, the four that were injured, and most especially, the person who perished, and his family. There are no words that can ease the grief of losing a loved one,” said Ang.

“To the family, I can only offer my sincerest and deepest condolences and my personal assurance that your family will be taken care of. To those who were injured, please be assured we will provide all the means necessary for you to recover and restart,” he added.

“Unfortunately, we can’t predict every outcome, and I’m sure no one wanted this to happen,” the SMC president said.

“Regardless, we are working with authorities to determine the root cause of this incident. We will find out where lapses occurred and do whatever is necessary to help make sure they don’t happen again,” he added.

As of Nov 22, the East Service Road is open to traffic.

Updated 3:56pm Nov 22 to include statement of SMC president and COO.

 

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