GEORGE TOWN, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will file a civil suit against the company responsible for the damaged overhead pedestrian bridge at Weld Quay here.
State Housing, Local Government, and Town and Country Planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the person-in-charge will be fined and deemed to have committed an act of negligence.
"(The damages to be claimed include) the loss of the entire pedestrian bridge having to be dismantled because it is structurally no longer safe and sound, and all consequential damages thereupon," he said in a press conference here today.
Yesterday, a trailer carrying a crane crashed into an overhead pedestrian bridge at Weld Quay here after the boom of the crane snagged the bridge, badly damaging it.
The incident at about 4.15 pm occurred when the trailer, travelling from Tanjung Tokong to Butterworth, was passing under the five-metre high bridge but the crane it was carrying was too high to pass safely under the bridge and snagged the structure.
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However, Jagdeep said, he was relieved that there were no casualties in the incident.
"The state government advises all road users to take extra precautions because this incident could have resulted in injury or death, and that is something the state government cannot tolerate," he added.
Meanwhile, MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang who also attended the press conference, said work on removing the damaged overhead pedestrian bridge was completed at around 11.45 am today.
He said that the Weld Quay coastal road was closed last night as a safety precaution and to allow MBPP workers to carry out the dismantling work.
"As we speak, both lanes of the road should be reopened by now," he said.
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Yew also said that MBPP was also looking into the possibility of building a new overhead pedestrian bridge.
"But as a short-term measure, we will put up a pedestrian crossing at street level for pedestrians, with traffic lights and zebra crossing. We expect the pedestrian crossing to be carried out as soon as possible," he added.
Timur Laut District Police Chief ACP Soffian Santong said police were finalising the investigation paper on the incident before submitting it to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further action.
He said the driver of the trailer, in his 30s, has been released on police bail and urine tests found him negative for drugs.
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