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Skyway girder falls




(UPDATED) A girder of the Skyway being installed at the SLEX East Service Road in Muntinlupa fell on Saturday morning.

Initial reports said that the tower 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 at 8:50 a.m.

The girder fell on vehicles below, killing at least one and injuring at least four persons who were rushed by ambulances from the Skyway O&M Corp. and EEI to various hospitals.

In a statement, the EEI Corporation said that they are already monitoring the progress of the injured and they are trying to get in touch with their next of kin for proper coordination and to extend any assistance they may need.

“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,” said EEI.

According to the Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau, the northbound and southbound of the East Service Road is now totally closed to traffic.

The accident caused a traffic gridlock at the South Luzon Expressway which worsened as some small fender-benders were seen along the way.

According to Erwin Alfonso, head of the Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, four people were rushed to the hospital due to injuries and added that the CDRRMO has already sent equipment to clear the road of the affected vehicles.

Muntinlupa City Public Information Office head Tess Navarro, on the other hand, said that authorities are still determining if there were others who got affected by the accident.

Meantime, Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said that he wants an investigation on the incident and called on representatives from the EEI Corporation and the Skyway management for an explanation regarding the accident.