… As 3 female workers killed, dozens injured in Bangladesh juice factory fire***
The Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that five people were killed in an accident that involved a car and a stationary truck around Honda area on Ota-Idiroko Road on Thursday night.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the State Sector Commander of FRSC, who confirmed the accident to the newsmen on Friday in Ota, said that two other people sustained injuries.
Umar said that the accident, which involved a Toyota Camry car with registration number APP 583G and a truck which had no plate number, happened at about 11.45 p.m. due to alleged excessive speeding and dangerous driving on the part of the driver of the car.
The sector commander said that the car lost control due to alleged excessive speeding and rammed into the stationary truck and this led to the death of five people, three male and two female.
He added that two other people sustained injuries in the accident that involved seven people.
“The corpses have been deposited at the morgue of Ota General Hospital while the survivors are receiving treatment at Cranft Hospital, Ota, he said.
Umar described the crash as avoidable and advised motorists to avoid excessive speed and dangerous driving and to
obey traffic regulations to prevent unnecessary loss of lives.
He commiserated with the families of the dead and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable losses.
The sector commander called on them to contact the FRSC Command in Ota for details of the crash and to reclaim the property of the victims recovered from the accident scene.
In a related development, At least three female workers died and dozens were injured as a juice factory in Bangladesh’s Narayanganj district, about 20 km from capital Dhaka, caught fire on Thursday, a senior police official said Friday.
A total of 18 firefighting units managed to bring the fire at the six-storey building under control, after hours of fighting, the district’s police chief Md Zayedul Alam told Xinhua.
“Charred bodies of three female workers were recovered shortly after the fire,’’ he said.
Apart from the victims, he said 30 people were injured in the fire and they were rushed to different hospitals.
But local media reports put the number of injured people at 50.
Local media reports also said the fire in the factory has not yet been completely doused though it was almost under control since last night.
TV reports showed fires were still raging in some parts of the factory.
A spokesman of the factory was not immediately available to comments on the incident.
The exact cause of the fire remained unclear.
Md Abdul Al Arefin, Narayanganj District Fire Service and Civil Defence deputy director, said that they had come to know that the fire originated from a welding accident at around 5:30 p.m. local time on Thursday.
The official said the death toll may go up as many people have sustained critical injuries.