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Runaway cargo ship strikes barge, 1 killed

A runaway 13,000-ton cargo ship bumped into a sand barge at a Pudong New Area harbor this morning, killing a crew member and sinking the smaller vessel.

The cargo ship from Nanjing, in east China's Jiangsu Province, was out of control and crashed into the stationary barge at the Dongjiadu Harbor along the Huangpu River at 9am, reported.

The far smaller barge sank immediately, while a 60-year-old female on the barge was bumped into the river and was later found dead, the report said.

The barge had been salvaged and the two ships were presently held at the harbor, an official surnamed Gao at a nearby ferry port told Shanghai Daily.

Local maritime and police authorities are dealing with the accident on the scene, which is near the former World Expo 2010 site.


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