Five people were killed and 20 others injured after a crane part fell onto a ship under construction on Monday, authorities said.
Two cranes collided at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in the southeastern port city of Geoje around 2:50 p.m., causing a structure to fall from one of the cranes, according to firefighters and police. The tower crane that broke was between 50 and 60 meters long and weighed 32 tons.
Five were confirmed dead, six were seriously hurt, while 14 sustained minor injuries, police said. The injured were rushed to three nearby hospitals.
"It's still chaotic at the site," said a police official. "We plan to figure out the details through relevant officials."
Work has been under way to rescue others who may be buried at the site.
"We haven't had such a big accident in the past several years," said a company official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "For now, handling the accident is the most important. Please wait for official comments from the company." (Yonhap)