Child Falls into Drain Hole on Bridge 車輛停橋上 孩童下車腳陷入橋面排水孔

Many people would park their vehicles on the Zhongshan bridge before taking their kids to play at the river mouth of Hualien City's Meilun River. One child fell directly into the drainage hole on the bridge as she stepped out of the car. 


This is the photo of a little girl who fell into the drainage hole as she stepped out of the car. Although she didn't get hurt or cry, her parents thought it was too scary. Others thought they shouldn't have stopped on the bridge.

Nearby Resident: “Actually, I don't usually think there would be such a big hole here. Although it is for drainage, safety measures should be built as well.”

Nearby Resident: “How could anyone fall down there? This is the sidewalk. This is the road. How is this possible? If anything, it should be a motorcycle that falls in there.”

This incident happened on Hualien City's Zhongshan Bridge. A nanny took a friend's child to Heping Park to play. At that time, she parked the car on the east side of the bridge and opened the door to assist the child out of the car. The little girl immediately fell into the hole. Although the child was not injured, her parents called on the relevant government entities to recognize safety issues.

Teng Tzu-yu, Director, Economic Affairs Dept., Hualien: “We hope people don't park on the bridge, which will affect traffic safety. We might discuss how to improve the bridge's drainage holes, which the public, especially children, may fall into.”

The economic affairs department emphasized that Zhongshan Bridge was built in 1973. The drainage holes at that time were relatively large, but there have never been reports of anyone falling into them. At present, workers have been dispatched to install grilles on the bridge's 22 drainage holes, which is expected to be completed on the 22nd. 

 

 

身穿粉紅色衣服的小女孩整隻左腳,一下車就掉入橋面排水洞,雖然沒有受傷也沒有哭,但家長認為實在太可怕,也有人認為橋面上本來就不該停車。


附近民眾表示:「其實平常也不會想到這裡有一個這麼大的窟窿,因為是排水用的,但是應該要做好安全防護。」

這起事件是發生在花蓮市中山橋上,一位保母帶著朋友孩子前往美崙溪出海口的和平公園遊玩,當時她將車輛停放在橋面東側,幫小朋友開門下車後,孩子一腳就掉進洞裡,雖然孩子沒受傷,但家長呼籲相關單位應該正視安全問題。


花蓮縣建設處長鄧子榆表示:「希望民眾不要停車停在橋面上,會影響交通安全,但既然橋面排水孔過大,可能有造成民眾,尤其兒童,他會踩進去的這樣的疑慮,那我們可能會來研議一下,看怎麼樣去改善。」

建設處強調,中山橋為民國73年興建,當時的排水孔設計都比較大,但也從來沒聽過有人會掉下去,目前已派員在橋面22處排水孔裝上裝設隔柵板,預計22號就會完工。

 

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