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High-flying Indonesian contractor scrambles to move past accidents

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An accident at this Waskita Karya toll road project site in East Jakarta prompted the Indonesian government to announce a temporary halt of construction on elevated projects. (photo by Wataru Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- When Indonesian President Joko Widodo opened a section of toll road east of Jakarta last November, it was meant to show that his ambitious infrastructure drive is cruising ahead.

Instead, an early morning collapse at a construction site on Feb. 20, which injured seven workers, triggered a public outcry that prompted the government to declare a temporary halt on building elevated roads and rail the same day.

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