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Road accident kills 5 garment workers, injures 14 in Bangladesh
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15:11, August 06, 2009

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At least five garment workers were killed and another 14 injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in Ashulia on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital city Dhaka on Thursday morning, police said.

Officer-In-Charge of the Ashulia Police station Monowar Hossain told Xinhua on Thursday that all the accident victims including dead and injured are workers of an apparel factory.

At least 14 workers of the bus injured in the accident were admitted to a local hospital, he said adding the bus was carrying around 40 garment workers to their work station at a factory in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone in Savar, about 30 km north of capital Dhaka.

Hossain said the accident, which took place at around 7:00 a.m. local time on a highway in Ashulia connecting the Bangladeshi capital and central Tangail district, some 92 km away of Dhaka, killed all the five bus passengers on the spot.

The truck driver fled the scene. Police, however, seized the truck.

"Slippery road conditions, due mainly to heavy downpour in the morning, may lead to the accident," he said, adding police will investigate the accident incident.

Bangladesh has one of the highest fatality rates for road accidents in the world, which kill thousands of people every year.

Source: Xinhua



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