Two people were injured when a section of the ceiling on the north side of the waiting area at the historic Tainan Railway Station (台南車站) collapsed last night.
The two waiting passengers, a 33-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, were struck by a piece of cement that fell from the ceiling at 9:55 pm, Apple Daily reported. Fortunately, the cement piece was not large enough to cause any severe injuries and the people were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries as a precaution. A station attendant immediately assisted the injured passengers, moving them to safe location for first aid while waiting for an ambulance.
It was not immediately clear what caused the ceiling to collapse last night and authorities will investigate the situation today.
An initial investigation attributed the accident to the wet environment and wood decay, according to UDN. The Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City decided to perform emergency temporary maintenance with plywood until a permanent repair could be made.
The historic Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) railway station in Tainan’s East District opened during Japanese occupation in 1936. The original train station was built in 1900. Because it is an historic building, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City was dispatched to assess damage to inspect the structure.