Passers-by escape new collapse

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 September, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 September, 1994, 12:00am

WITHIN 24 hours of the fatal Nathan Road tragedy, a canopy collapsed in Wan Chai, sending slabs of concrete, bricks and rubble crashing to the ground.

No one was injured, but police had to close a section of Thomson Road between Fleming Road and Johnston Road while the site was made safe.

The accident happened at 7.30 am and is believed to have been caused by building material being stored on a first floor canopy.

A fire fighting unit arrived within minutes and pulled down pieces of wood and metal hanging dangerously over the pavement.

'It looks as though the overhoarding of building materials on the first floor canopy caused it to collapse,' a fire brigade spokesman said.

'Fortunately, the ground floor canopy took much of the force, otherwise the accident would have been far worse.' Site workers helped clear the rubble from the pavement and the westbound side of Thomson Road. A fire engine stayed on standby in case further material crashed down.

An engineering company has worked at the site since the end of July.

Labourers had demolished two properties in Thomson Road and were halfway through demolishing the adjoining third property when the canopy collapsed.

Neighbours had not made any complaints about the site being a danger to the public.