By Bren L. del Rosario
MANILA — San Miguel Corporation announced on Saturday that there will be a delay of the Skyway Extension project completion after an accident occurred this morning.
SMC expressed regret when a steel girder from the Skyway Extension project accidentally fell at the East Service Road, Cupang, Muntinlupa. They also assured a full and thorough investigation.
SMC said project contractor EEI Corporation and government authorities are now conducting an investigation.
Initial assessment showed that a crane of EEI fell as it was moving to its next position, hitting the steel girder, causing it to fall.
At least six vehicles were reported to have been affected.
SMA said EEI’s management gave assurances that they will attend to, and take care of all the needs of those who were affected.
After initial assessment, the completion of the P10 billion Skyway Extension Project is now extended from the December 2020 deadline to February 2021.
Meanwhile, EEI Corp. has already issued its statement.
“At 8:50 this morning, a crane that was being positioned for its next task tilted and fell on the girder spanning the two posts of the north-bound Skyway extension project,” EEI Corp. management said in a statement.
“The girder fell on vehicles below, killing at least one and injuring at least four persons who were rushed by ambulances from the Skyway O&M Corp. and EEI to various hospitals,” EEI continued.
Under the project, Skyway Extension will extend its elevated expressway from Susana Heights on the South Luzon Expressway to Sucat and back.
It will provide direct access to the elevated section of the Skyway.
It will also connect the SLEX and the Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway to the Skyway at Susanna Heights, bypassing Alabang to make travel from south to north via the Skyway System seamless and much shorter.
SMC said Skyway Extension is expected to eliminate traffic buildup along SLEX heading to Alabang and the Alabang viaduct. (AI/MTVN)