China / Society

Shoe workshop collapse kills 5

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-01-23 00:12

CHONGQING - Five people were crushed to death and two injured after a building rented by a small leather shoe factory as workshops in southwest China collapsed Tuesday night, local authorities announced Wednesday.

The accident took place at about 7:45 pm Tuesday when 13 workers were having meals in the first floor of a three-story building in a village in the Nan'an district in the city of Chongqing, the district government said in a statement.

The rescue operation ended Wednesday and among seven buried, two were pulled out alive and five were already dead.

An investigation into the cause of the collapse is underway.

Hot Topics