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3 hurt as supermarket shelf falls

A nearly 20-meter-long shelf collapsed in a supermarket in Shanghai yesterday morning, injuring three customers who were standing beside it.

One of the injured, a 61-year-old woman surnamed Ma, suffered some wounds to her waist while the others had slight injuries.

Officials from Lotus supermarket said later yesterday that they had started an investigation into the collapse but the cause was still unclear.

The accident happened about 9:15am in the Lotus outlet on Chuanchang Road. The collapse left a mess after soups, washing powders and washing detergents fell to the floor.

Witnesses said the uneven distribution of products on the shelf could have caused the collapse as clothes were placed at one end while laundry commodities were at the other, which was denied by the director of the supermarket surnamed Zhu.

"We'll check all of our shelves to make sure such thing won't happen again," Zhu told Shanghai Television yesterday indicating the shelf quality could be to blame.


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