Gongguan store sign collapses during peak hour, pedestrian hurt
By John Liu ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The signboard of a shop located in the busy Gongguan commercial district collapsed yesterday, falling to the ground and resulting in a back injury of a pedestrian.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The collapse took place during busy shopping hours, and many pedestrians narrowly missed being harmed, as the store is near the Gongguan MRT Station. The loud sound of the impact caught shoppers on both sides of the Roosevelt Road by surprise. One middle-aged woman was struck by the falling sign, reportedly with great pain as she wailed and rolled on the ground.
She was transported to hospital by ambulance, and reportedly suffered light injuries to the back and waist. After receiving the report of the accident, Taipei City Fire Department dispatched two ambulances and one fire engine, with a total of nine emergency workers to the scene.
The signboard was put into place about five months ago, according to a shop owner, and was unsure of the cause of the accident. According to one eyewitness, the signboard was being mishandled by someone just before it plummeted to the walkway.