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11 dead after massive crane collapses at Visakhapatnam shipyard

Eleven people were killed when a massive crane on a rail track collapsed during a trial run at the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Sindia area of Visakhapatnam on Saturday afternoon.

Four employees of HSL were among those who died on the sport. Other casualties included labourers, according to DCP Suresh Babu. The incident took place between 11.30 am and 12 noon when the workers were trying to ascertain the capacity of the crane and make it operational.

The crane was being deployed as part of the upgrading process of the shipyard involving the electrical wing employees and the local Green Field Company that was assisting in the project. Many of the contract labourers killed were employed by this company. RK Meena, Visakhapatnam’s police commissioner has rushed to the spot and is supervising rescue operations.

Local sources said that many injured have been rushed to hospitals, but so far only six bodies have been recovered. According to local police, about 20 workers were said to be working on the location when the crane crashed. Some workers managed to run for safety, some others received injuries and at least 11 workers were crushed under the weight of the crane.