MP Bayan Baru Sim Tze Tzin, yang kini berada di lokasi kejadian berkata bahagian jejambat sepanjang 30 meter di kawasan daratan di Batu Maung itu runtuh dalam kejadian tersebut.
Menurutnya, beliau menerima panggilan mengenai kejadian itu sekitar jam 7.15 malam tadi dan sampai ke tempat kejadian pada kira-kira jam 7.30 malam.
Sepasukan anggota bomba kini sedang membersihkan sisa runtuhan tersebut, katanya ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini.
Beliau belum mendapat angka rasmi namun pihak bomba mengesyaki terdapat sekurang-kurangnya sebuah kereta di bawah runtuhan tersebut, katanya.
"Ini adalah kemalangan yang paling buruk melibatkan binaan yang pernah berlaku di Pulau Pinang," kata Sim yang merupakan bekas jurutera awam.
Jambatan kedua Pulau Pinang yang sedang dalam pembinaan dan dijangka siap pada September 2013.-malaysiakini
Tengah hari tadi aku lalu di bawah ramp tersebut bawa cucu2 pi ke akuarium...
Portion of 2nd Penang bridge collapses, four dead...
An uncompleted ramp leading to the second Penang bridge, which is still under contruction, at Batu Maung collapsed at about 7pm today, burying two cars and a motorcycle under the rubble.
The police have confirmed that four passengers in a white Perodua Kelisa were killed while rescue workers have confirmed that the motorcyclist has been rescued, but suffered head injuries.
Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, who was at the scene shortly after it happened, said that the ramp collapsed while reinforcement works were in progress.
“This is the worse construction-related accident to happen in Penang,” said Sim, who happens to be a trained civil engineer, when contacted.
Hundreds of rescue workers are at the scene and are removing debris in an attempt to reach those who might still be in the trapped vehicles.
The ramp is located along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, and the accident has caused a massive traffic jam.
Bridge structure unaffected
The contruction of the bridge is being managed by Ministry of Finance Incorporated-owned Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB), which in turn appointed Khazanah-owned UEM Builders Sdn Bhd and Beijing-based China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd as contractors.
The 24km bridge was supposed to be completed next month.
According to Bernama, a JKSB spokesperson said the mishap did not involve the bridge structure itself that was under construction.
It only involved the concrete ramp and steel girders in Package 3A at the exit passage from the bridge to the highway on the island part.
The spokesperson said this portion of the bridge is being handled by Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd which had a good record in the bridge construction work before the incident.
"The cause of the ramp collapse that occurred at Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu near Batu Maung is being investigated and JKSB will issue an official statement on the incident tomorrow," he said.
Meanwhile, an eyewitness, Zilali Mohamad, 30, said he saw a motorcycle and a Proton Waja car passing underneath when he heard a loud rumbling sound and the ramp came crashing down on the two vehicles.-malaysiakini
Fire and rescue personnel checking on the car that is found under collapsed Penang second bridge
A white-coloured Perodua Kelisa was found buried under the rubble. 4 were feared dead in the debris
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