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Keelung pedestrian overpass collapses

WATCH YOUR STEP:A woman suffered a concussion, but no one was killed in the collapse at Keelung Station, which the government attributed to recent earthquakes

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

A section of a skywalk at the Keelung railway station blocks railroad tracks after it collapsed yesterday.

Photo: Wu Sheng-ju, Taipei Times

Part of the pedestrian skywalk crossing over Keelung Station collapsed yesterday at noon, causing one woman to fall from the bridge.

The 22-year-old woman, surnamed Chan (詹), suffered a concussion and temporary amnesia, the Keelung Hospital said.

The overpass that collapsed connected Jhongshan Road Sec 1 and Siaosih Road and crossed over the train tracks. The part that collapsed was close to a platform south of the actual station.

The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said its surveillance footage showed the skywalk started to sag at 11:14am and collapsed within three seconds.

It was lucky that no trains had been passing through the station at the time, the agency said, adding that it was also fortunate the ceiling of the skywalk had not come crashing down on Chan after she fell.

Personnel from the fire department sent Chan to the hospital after she crawled out from the wreckage, adding that she had been unable to speak due to shock.

As a result of the accident, the TRA said the Keelung-Cidu (七堵) line was able to sustain just a single track for passage both ways and the Keelung-area train schedule was heavily disrupted.

After 4:20pm, the Keelung-Cidu line was forced to come to a complete standstill as crew from the Keelung City Government ventured in to clean up the rubble.

Passengers along the Keelung-Cidu line were forced to take buses, the TRA said.

According to the TRA, more than 55 trains were canceled or delayed due to the incident, and more than 10,000 people were affected.

The city government said it suspected that the recent earthquakes were the main reason for the collapse of the overpass, while some locals said that the TRA’s construction nearby, in addition to seismic activity, may have caused the collapse.

As of press time last night, the Keelung City Government was still cleaning up the rubble from the site. It said it is scheduled to have the tracks cleared by early morning today.

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