The developer of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) has issued a statement about the incident that happened on Saturday in which a parapet wall slab fell and crushed a car
A woman had a lucky escape while she was driving along Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) when a large piece of concrete slab fell onto her car and completely crushed it in the incident.
The concrete piece, a parapet wall slab, was part of the ongoing highway construction of SUKE, which is being developed by Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (PROLINTAS).
In the statement posted on its social media pages past midnight, 20 September, PROLINTAS said that the driver of the car was "slightly injured" and was taken to the hospital for immediate treatment.
"Dalam kejadian tersebut, pemandu kereta teribat cedera ringan dan telah dibawa ke hispital untuk rawanta segera," read the PROLINTAS statement which was posted in Bahasa Melayu (BM).
The woman, who was driving alone, was inches away from certain death as she escaped with an injured left hand. She was rushed to the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM).
PROLINTAS said that it has issued a stop-work order and will lend full cooperation to the authorities over the incident
"Any inconvenience caused is much regretted and SUKE will ensure that all aspects of safety are prioritised and improved from time to time," the statement read.
According to the developer, the SUKE Emergency Response Team (ERT) was at the scene to control traffic and remove the parapet wall and the car involved in the incident.
In the incident yesterday, the woman was assisted by passersby
Except for the injury to her left hand, there has been no other reported physical injury to the woman as of press time. However, many on social media remarked that she might suffer long-term psychological trauma.
"How do you award that for damages? It"s going to affect her whole life," commented a netizen.
Several others also criticised the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).
"The standard of safety in the construction industry has never changed since 30 years ago. Every now and then, we will see people from the public and construction workers die from incidents like this. Why? Because no one from the authority cares to improve and enforce the standards," read a comment.