'The wind blew - then there was a loud boom and the bridge collapsed'

2015-10-14 19:38
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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VIDEO: Chaos in aftermath of Grayston bridge collapse on M1, Joburg

2015-10-14 16:42

The pedestrian bridge under construction across the M1 highway in Sandton has collapsed, falling on at least one car.WATCH

Johannesburg - A construction worker with Murray & Roberts has spoken of how he witnessed the moment a temporary scaffolding structure in Sandton collapsed on Wednesday, leaving two dead and 23 injured.

Speaking to News24 reporter Lizeka Tandwa, he said he had been on the construction site when the incident occurred.

"He told me that while he was working, there was suddenly a strong wind and after that there was a huge sound - a boom - then the bridge collapsed," Tandwa said.

"None of the construction workers were injured, but he said there was nothing they could do as they saw one of the vehicles trapped under the bridge."

The worker, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal, said he did not know what could have led to the collapse.

Tandwa said there were still scores of paramedics, firefighters and police at the scene. About 100 onlookers had gathered to witness the rescue operation.

"Some people are still being escorted to ambulances," she said, adding that an emergency helicopter had also arrived, and a body was yet to be removed from the scene.

Murray & Roberts, the company responsible for the construction, said it was probing the incident.

Earlier, company spokesperson Ed Jardim said they did not immediately have all the details of the incident, but had sent people to the scene.

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