Visakhapatnam: Tragedy struck this port town on Saturday as tt least 10 people were reported to be killed and several others injured when a jetty crane collapsed at the Hindustan Shipyard Limited premises.
According to eyewitness accounts, the mishap took place between 11.30 am and 12 noon. The officials were testing the crane at the time and at least 20 people were present when the crane broke and fell on its side, crushing several workers to death.
Of the 10 deaths reported so far, four are regular employees, while the rest are contract staff.
District authorities rushed to the spot in order to take stock of the situation.
"The 70-tonne capacity jetty crane was procured and commissioned two years ago and its full-fledged trials were initiated this morning. During the trials, officials were testing the dead-weight capacity of the crane when its cabin portion on the top and its base portion separated and the crane collapsed," District Collector V Vinay Chand told the media.
Several workers are believed to be trapped under the collapsed crane and rescue efforts are underway.
This is the third major accident in this city since May, when a gas leak in LG Polymers had led to the deaths of 12 people.