6 die after Eskom tunnel collapses

2013-10-31 16:05

Six people died when a tunnel collapsed at an Eskom construction site near Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, the parastatal has said.

“Eskom is saddened to announce that six people have been confirmed dead after an unfortunate incident that occurred ... at Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage construction site,” it said today in a statement.

“About 15 people were working in the tunnel when a working platform failed and left several people injured. A detailed investigation will be launched into the incident.”

It said this happened around 9.15am.

IPSS medical response spokesperson Marinus Nabal said six people were injured in the incident and were transported to hospital.

He said the body of one of the deceased was recovered and a search-and-rescue team were trying to recover the other five bodies.

The scheme, which is under construction, was expected to go live next year and involved pumping water up the Drakensberg Mountains from the Braamhoek Dam to the Bedford Dam during off-peak hours, an elevation of about 470m.

Water would then be released through the tunnels to flow down during peak hours, generating electricity.

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