Murray & Roberts to fund funerals of bridge collapse victims

Mpho Raborife and Naledi Shange, News24

Johannesburg - Murray & Roberts, the company responsible for the construction of the pedestrian and cycle bridge which collapsed in Sandton, said it would contribute to the funerals of the two people who were killed in the incident.

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas said on Thursday the company would also be assisting those in hospital with medical costs.

The support structure of the bridge, which runs along the M1 across Grayston Drive, collapsed on Wednesday afternoon shortly before the afternoon rush, injuring about 20 people when it crushed vehicles making their way past the bridge.

The road was closed following the incident and was officially re-opened by mayor Parks Tau on Thursday at about 14:30.

Murray & Roberts said it had appointed technical, engineering, legal and forensic specialists to probe the incident.

While the cause of the collapse was not immediately clear, Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi said there were no reports of structural damage to the road.