Multiple probes into bridge collapse - as it happened

2015-10-15 17:30

Multiple probes into the bridge collapse in Sandton are under way, after the M1 was reopened and traffic flowing freely once again.

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15 Oct 18:58
Murray & Roberts have expressed their deepest gratitude to all those who worked through the night to coordinate the rescue and clearing operations. They also thanked the public for their compassion and understanding during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.

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Murray & Roberts said it had appointed technical, engineering, legal and forensic specialists to probe the incident. While the cause of the collapse was not immediately clear, Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi said there were no reports of structural damage to the road. Read more here.

15 Oct 18:09
The Gauteng Provincial Legislature has sent their condolences to the victims and the families of the victims of the bridge collapse.

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If the inquiry finds any contraventions, Murray & Roberts could face a criminal prosecution.

15 Oct 16:52
The department of labour says that it is investigating the collapse, and if its initial report mandates it, an official inquiry into the collapse will happen.

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The City of Johannesburg extends its condolences to the victims.

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On your way home? Get your traffic updates here:

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Seems like people are still a bit freaked out...

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On a Gautrain bus.

15 Oct 15:56
Gauteng's MEC for Roads & Transport meets with grieving family members...

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Murray & Roberts, the company responsible for the construction of the pedestrian and cycle bridge which collapsed in Sandton, said it would contribute to the funerals of the two people who were killed in the incident.

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas said on Thursday the company would also be assisting those in hospital with medical costs.

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15 Oct 15:48
A view of Joburg's traffic as of 15:47.

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An aerial view of the scene of the collapsed bridge over the M1 24 hours apart, before and after.

15 Oct 15:42
More images of a free flowing M1 after its re-opening on Thursday.

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Gauteng's MEC for Roads & Transport has praised public servants for their efforts over the 24 hours.

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The first few vehicles have started taking the M1 following its re-opening on Thursday afternoon...

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As Joburg workers prepare for the commute this afternoon, here's a guide for you to consult on what to expect from Joburg traffic on your way home.

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Citizen journalist Amanda Watson tweeted:

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Murray & Roberts has hired independent consultants to help investigate the collapse of the support structure of a bridge being built over a Johannesburg freeway that killed two people and injured several others, Fin24 reports.

The shares of South Africa’s second-largest construction company gained 4.8% to R11.69 at 10:17, part reversing a 7.3% fall after the company confirmed it was responsible for construction on Wednesday.

15 Oct 14:52
And the traffic makes its way towards Grayston Drive. Photo from News24 user Corne Young.

15 Oct 14:39
The highway has just been opened

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The mayor has now arrived at Grayston Drive.

15 Oct 13:46
The hold-up is apparently because the mayor wants to open up the road officially. So its expected to be opened around 14:30. But the mayor's people haven't confirmed this to us yet.

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The highway's about to be opened but there's an Audi that's blocking the entrance. Our reporter has heard that it's an MEC's car...

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The M1 highway is about to be opened.

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The city has appointed independent engineers to investigate the cause of the collapse, eNCA reports Mayor Parks Tau as saying.

Meanwhile, EWN says that Murray & Roberts is looking into claims that a cement truck may have crashed into the bridge before it fell.

The construction company says the truck doesn't belong to it.

15 Oct 12:36
See the latest footage from the scene where teams are clearing the collapsed scaffolding.

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Traffic update from PowerFM:

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Reports that a third person was killed following the collapse of scaffolding for a bridge under construction over the M1 highway were untrue, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau said on Thursday.

"Fortunately, we have only had two fatalities. The third patient did not pass on, which is a great relief," Tau told reporters at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. 

Out of those injured in Wednesday afternoon's collapse, three critically injured people were taken to Charlotte Maxeke and another three were taken to Milpark hospital.

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Charlotte Maxeke Hospital head of trauma Steve Moeng said two men and a woman were in the intensive care unit.

The men were on ventilation while the woman was not, however she was being closely monitored. One of the two men only turned 21 on Saturday, his mother telling News24, "Only God knows why that happened yesterday. Let us not point any fingers."

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