In the Melbourne suburb of Richmond on Saturday (17 April), four people were killed when a factory collapsed.
In the Melbourne suburb of Richmond on Saturday (17 April), four people were killed when a factory collapsed. Two of the dead--a father and his eight-year-old daughter--were crushed in their car. Passers-by took 30 minutes to tear away rubble and bricks to rescue the girl's mother from the car.
Another victim was a young policeman who was checking on complaints of bricks falling into the street. He was crouched to death when a 30-foot (10 metre) high wall collapsed. Firemen were still searching hours later through an estimated 500 tons of rubble for two men who were working on a corner site. It is believed that one of the four bodies recovered was that of a workman.
SYNOPSIS: Four people were killed when this factory collapsed in the Richmond suburb of Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday. Two of the dead--a father and his eight-year-old daughter--were crushed in their car when part of the factory wall fell out on to the busy street.
Passers-by took thirty minutes to tear away rubble and bricks from the car to rescue the girl's mother. A young policeman, who was checking complaints of falling bricks, was also crushed under the 30-foot wall which fell out into the street.
Firemen and police searched for hours after the accident in an attempt to find the bodies of two workmen who had been working on a site near the factory.
Demolition workers had been employed on the site to wreck the factory, which was gutted by fire last year.