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Crane collapses in state-owned Indian shipyard, killing 11 workers

A huge crane collapsed during load testing at a government-run shipyard in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 11 workers, a district administrator said.

Television footage showed the new crane hitting the ground with full force and breaking into pieces at the Hindustan Shipyard in Vishakhapatnam, a port city in Andhra Pradesh state.

Vinay Chand, a district government administrator, said most of the victims were contract laborers. Five workers were hospitalized with injuries, he said, adding that the crane collapsed on workers who were working on it or standing nearby.

Read more: Two Indian workers left dead, four sick, after gas leak at pharmaceutical plant

The cause of the accident is being investigated, Chand said.

Vishakhapatnam is 620 kilometers (385 miles) east of Hyderabad, the state capital.

In another accident in the port city in May, a gas leak in a South Korean-owned chemical factory killed 12 people and sickened more than 1,000.

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