Huge 80,000-ton freighter collapses on dock and overturns crane in Taiwan

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The moment a huge 80,000-ton freighter crashes into a dock, knocking over a crane on containers, which then crash around terrified workers in Taiwan

  • An 80,000-ton ship caused chaos after it crashed into a port in South Taiwan’s Kaohsiung today
  • The cargo ship was arriving extremely close to the harbor when it suddenly collided with an overhead crane
  • The crane was sent tumbling to a pile of shipping containers, which fell towards terrified workers
  • Two engineers, aged 33 and 31, were trapped in a collapsed wreckage and had to be rescued this afternoon
  • A dock worker, 58, nicknamed Chang, was sent to hospital for a cut on his arm after the shocking collapse

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An 80,000-ton cargo ship caused chaos today after it crashed into a Taiwanese port, sending a crane to a mob of terrified dock workers.

The giant vessel was preparing to dock at a port in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Thursday morning when it hit the overhead crane, the port management company confirmed.

Dramatic video footage shows the 80,000-ton vessel, owned by Orient Overseas (International) Ltd, colliding with the crane as it moves dangerously close to the harbor.

An 80,000-ton ship was preparing to dock in a port in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Thursday morning when it hit the overhead crane and dropped it into the dock (pictured)

An 80,000-ton ship was preparing to dock in a port in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Thursday morning when it hit the overhead crane and dropped it into the dock (pictured)

Dramatic video footage (above) shows the top of the 80,000-ton vessel, belonging to Orient Overseas (International), colliding with the crane as it docks

Dramatic video footage (above) shows the top of the 80,000-ton vessel, belonging to Orient Overseas (International), colliding with the crane as it docks

In the clip, the crane gives way and is thrown into another crane, both of which crash to the ground as the ship continues to push forward after the first collision

In the clip, the crane gives way and is thrown into another crane, both of which crash to the ground as the ship continues to push forward after the first collision

Dramatic video footage shows the top of the 80,000-ton freighter (left), belonging to Orient Overseas (International) Ltd, colliding with the crane (right) as it enters the dock

The overhead cranes crash catastrophically into a stack of shipping containers (photo)

The overhead cranes crash catastrophically into a stack of shipping containers (photo)

The boxes are sent tumbling to the terrified workers on the quay, who are fleeing for their lives (photo)

The boxes are sent tumbling to the terrified workers on the quay, who are fleeing for their lives (photo)

In the clip, the overhead cranes catastrophically crash into a pile of shipping containers (left), which are sent to the terrified workers on the dock (right)

The crane, which also collided with a second crane when it collapsed, was destroyed (pictured) and debris was thrown everywhere when it fell into Kaohsiung harbor

The crane, which also collided with a second crane when it collapsed, was destroyed (pictured) and debris was thrown everywhere when it fell into Kaohsiung harbor

The crane, which also collided with a second crane when it collapsed, was destroyed (pictured) and debris was thrown everywhere when it fell into Kaohsiung harbor

In the clip, the crane gives way and is thrown into another crane, both of which crash to the ground as the ship pushes further forward after the initial collision.

The overhead cranes catastrophically collide with a pile of shipping containers, which tumble to the terrified workers on the dock.

The shocked workers in the harbor flee for their lives as the heavy boxes fall towards them like dominoes.

A 58-year-old dock worker, nicknamed Chang, was sent to hospital for a cut on his arm after the terrifying collapse. Taiwan News.

First responders arrived to assess the damage after the crane collapsed in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Thursday morning.

First responders arrived to assess the damage after the crane collapsed in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Thursday morning.

First responders arrived to assess the damage after the crane collapsed in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Thursday morning.

A dock worker, 58, nicknamed Chang, was sent to hospital for a cut on his arm, while two engineers were trapped in the crane after the accident (Photo: Post-collapse scene)

A dock worker, 58, nicknamed Chang, was sent to hospital for a cut on his arm, while two engineers were trapped in the crane after the accident (Photo: Post-collapse scene)

A dock worker, 58, nicknamed Chang, was sent to hospital for a cut on his arm, while two engineers were trapped in the crane after the accident (Photo: Post-collapse scene)

Two engineers — a 33-year-old man named Lin and a 31-year-old man named Yang — were rescued from the collapsed crane at 12:44 p.m. Thursday.  In the photo: first aiders on site

Two engineers — a 33-year-old man named Lin and a 31-year-old man named Yang — were rescued from the collapsed crane at 12:44 p.m. Thursday.  In the photo: first aiders on site

Two engineers — a 33-year-old man named Lin and a 31-year-old man named Yang — were rescued from the collapsed crane at 12:44 p.m. Thursday. In the photo: first aiders on site

The accident site (pictured) has been closed down, state-run Taiwan International Ports Corp. said.  Ltd.  in a statement

The accident site (pictured) has been closed down, state-run Taiwan International Ports Corp. said.  Ltd.  in a statement

The accident site (pictured) has been sealed off, state-run Taiwan International Ports Corp. said. Ltd. in a statement

Two engineers who were inside the crane at the time of the collapse had to be rescued because they were trapped in the wreckage after the accident.

The engineers – a 33-year-old man named Lin, and a The 31-year-old man named Yang was rescued from the collapsed crane at 12:44 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Rescuers used a 60-meter mast-type jib crane to pull the men out of the destroyed structure.

Witnesses at the scene said both men appeared very shaken after being pulled from the tap, but did not appear to be seriously injured.

The accident site has been sealed off, the state-run Taiwan International Ports Corp. said. Ltd. in a statement.

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