collapse of a signboard on East Nanjing Road which killed three pedestrians on Sunday night.wo people have been arrested over the
The two individuals, surnamed Li and Chen, are in charge of the souvenir shop where the deadly accident took place. According to the information office of Huangpu district, the pair failed to take proper precautions in ensuring the safety of the shop’s signboard during this year’s typhoon season.
Opened in 2015, the shop sells souvenirs, clothing, and electronics, along one of Shanghai’s most frequented roads. Located about halfway between Nanjing Road’s pedestrian street and the Bund, nearly every visitor to Shanghai has passed by this shop and under its signboard.
On Sunday evening, at around 9:40 pm, surveillance footage shows that a large crowd of pedestrians were slowly making their way down the sidewalk when the signboard suddenly tumbled down on top of them. Ironically, those walking on the road managed to avoid being hit. Three people were killed and six injured in the accident.
The Huangpu information office said that earlier this year local authorities had urged all shops on East Nanjing Road to ensure that their signboards were tightly secure ahead of the upcoming typhoon and flood season in Shanghai. Despite being reminded twice, Li and Chen failed to carry out proper inspections.
Typhoon Yagi made landfall in China on Sunday night in Zhejiang’s Wenling county, about 400 km away from Shanghai, causing winds of more than 25 kph to rip through the city.
In the aftermath of the accident, the Shanghai government issued a notice on Monday urging local authorities to increase inspections of objects placed at height, including signboards and external air-conditioning units. In the meantime, just try to avoid walking anywhere, we suppose.