Crane Accidents

Accident Forces Delay of Mexico Freeway Opening


Mexico City, Mexico

Officials have been forced to delay opening of a new freeway section – the most visible construction project of recent years in the capital – following an accident that seriously injured two workers.

Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a news conference on Thursday that it might take days to remove the crane that caused the accident.

Heavy counterbalance plates broke off of a 1,000-ton crane, causing a prefabricated section of concrete bridge to crash down onto another section.

The project contractor had added hundreds of workers to the project in recent days in hopes of finishing by June 1 – the date by which the mayor had earlier promised to have the section finished.

The project is raising a snakelike series of connectors over the heavily populated area of western Mexico City where the capital’s two main freeways, the Periferico and Viaducto, meet.

The construction has led to vast traffic jams in the city of 8.6 million people.

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