Part of Cambodian shoe factory collapses, killing 2 workers

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Part of a shoe factory in Cambodia has collapsed while several dozen workers were inside the building. Police say two bodies have been pulled out of the wreckage.

Officer Khem Pannara says at least 6 people were injured at a factory south of Phnom Penh early Thursday.

He said it was unclear how many people remain under the collapsed area.

A 25-year-old worker, Kong Thary said "pieces of bricks and iron started falling on us." She escaped with injuries.

The garment industry is Cambodia's biggest export earner. In 2012, more than $4 billion worth of products were shipped to the United States and Europe.

About 500,000 people work in more than 500 factories making garment and athletic clothing, including shoes, throughout the country.
 

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