1 dead, 10 injured after uncompleted highway collapses in Singapore

The collapse happened at the Upper Changi Road East slip road into PIE.

The Chinese foreign labourer, Mr Chen Yinchuan, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), while 10 others, including other workers from China and Bangladesh, have been sent to Changi General Hospital.

SCDF conducted a search and rescue operation involving about 60 officers – including members from the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team and assisted by K9 search dogs – to free the trapped workers from the rubble. LTA is also working with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on their investigations.

Three of the injured were also from Chinese, one was Indian and six were Bangladeshis. Eight were admitted to hospital and two were discharged.

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A temporary bypass road will be constructed and is expected to open by Saturday morning, LTA said.

Preliminary investigations showed that corbels – which had been put up to support the weight of pre-cast beams between two piers – had collapsed. It has directed the professional engineers responsible for the project to carry out detailed investigations into the design and construction quality of the affected structure.

As of 6:45am, all the workers at the construction site have been accounted for.

“We are saddened by the accident and will do whatever we can to assist the families during this hard time”.

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Meanwhile, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the contractor was carrying out works to cast the decking for the new viaduct adjacent to the slip road from Upper Changi Road East to PIE (Changi).

In the meantime, motorists can make a U-turn at the Upper Changi Road East and Loyang Avenue junction to get on PIE (Changi).

LTA said that it is checking all other work sites and that works at all LTA road as a precautionary measure.

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