Second body retrieved from under collapsed M1 bridge

2015-10-14 22:56
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg – The second person killed when the support structure of a pedestrian bridge over the M1 highway collapsed on Wednesday has been recovered, emergency services said.

The two victims were a taxi driver and a man in a Toyota Fortuner, spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

Of the 21 people injured, five were critical.

The scene had been handed over to engineers who would start work on removing the structure. It was not clear how long this would take. Mulaudzi said they would work through the night.

The structure, which was intended to support the bridge still under construction, collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, crashing onto cars and blocking both the north- and south-bound lanes of the highway near Grayston Drive.

Construction company Murray & Roberts said in a statement there was still no clarity on the cause, its directors were at the scene, and its immediate priority was to ensure that those affected were taken care of.

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