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Bridge collapse: Murray & Roberts to compensate victims & relatives

Murray & Roberts CEO says the victims of the M1 scaffolding collapse will be taken care of.

FILE: An aerial view of the scene of the collapsed temporary bridge over the M1 in Sandton where scaffolding caved in passing cars, killing three people and injuring 22. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Construction company Murray & Roberts says all those who were affected in the M1 scaffolding collapse will be compensated.

Two people were killed this week, 23 others injured and six people are still in hospital with three in a critical condition when the structure collapsed across the M1 highway.

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas says the company is determined to find out what happened and the victims will be taken care of.

"We will assist them in covering their costs. As far the funerals of the two deceased, we are in contact with the families and we will provide the necessary support there as well."

Officials re-opened the highway on Thursday after it was closed in both directions as construction workers cleared the rubble.

WATCH: JHB bridge collapse: Road reopens nearly 24 hours later

COUNSELLING

Construction workers who were on the scene when the bridge collapsed say they will today start a process to undergo counselling.

This construction worker who was on the scene at the time of the collapse has told Eyewitness News he escaped the tragedy in a matter of seconds.

"It was around 4pm, there was wind blowing and the bridge just fell down."

He says he was extremely scared after seeing the bridge fall.

"I was very scared. I was under the bridge and I'm glad I moved away."

Various investigations are underway involving engineers to find out what happened and construction on the site has since been suspended.

The bridge was intended to be a walkway between Alexandra and Sandton.

LISTEN: Murray & Roberts CEO: We never blamed the wind

Meanwhile, Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau says it would be premature to speculate on the cause of the collapse and the public must allow for investigators to do their work.

There are also mounting calls for those responsible to be held accountable.

Tau, who visited the injured in hospital yesterday, has appealed for patience.

"I think we should allow the investigation to run its course. We've got a number of investigations ranging from the Department of Labour, our own Emergency Management Services team, the South African Police Services and we've also appointed external engineers to do an independent review."

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