PETALING JAYA,Mar 22: Three workers fell to their death after a launcher crane at a highway construction site in Kuala Lumpur toppled over, crushing a car, this morning.
The Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department said the driver of the car was seriously injured as steel from the crane crushed the vehicle.
The three workers were confirmed dead at the scene with two of them falling on to the road from a height of about 36.5m, while the third worker, who was stuck on the scaffolding, was also pronounced dead by the rescue personnel.
The department said it received a distress call on the incident near Puncak Banyan, Persiaran Alam Damai, at 8.45am and sent 26 personnel to the scene.
Highway concessionaire Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas) confirmed that the incident occurred at the construction site of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway (SUKE).
In a statement, it said all three construction workers, who were from China, had died in the incident, including the one who was stuck on the scaffolding.
“The incident is understood to have occurred after one of the component’s of the crane’s gantry fell, while the cause is still being investigated.
“Following the incident, the SUKE emergency response team and Fire and Rescue Department personnel closed off the roads in both directions,” it said.