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Death toll rises to seven after Genoa cargo ship crash

Rescue team members search through the debris of the collapsed control tower in Genoa Credit: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Seven people have died after a container ship crashed into a control tower in the busy Italian port of Genoa, according to rescuers.

Prosecutors were investigating whether there was a possible mechanical malfunction which left the captain unable to steer the vessel, Italian media reported.

The Jolly Nero crashed into the 50 metre high tower at around 11pm (21.00 GMT) on Tuesday, leading to its collapse into the water.

Four people have been hospitalised following the incident, while a further two people remain missing.

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Three dead and several missing after Genoa ship crash

Three people were killed and six are missing after a container ship crashed into a control tower in the northern Italian port city of Genoa yesterday.

Two of the dead were Coast Guard officials and the third was a pilot for the port, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

Six people are still missing after last night's crash Credit: Reuters

The tower, which was more than 160 feet high, collapsed after being struck by the Jolly Nero.

Three people were believed to have been trapped in the lift of the control tower and may have fallen into the sea.

The cause of the crash is not yet unclear.

'Three dead and six injured' in Genoa shipping accident

A part of the collapsed control tower is pictured at the Genoa's port harbour
A part of the collapsed control tower is pictured at the Genoa's port harbour. Credit: Reuters/ Alessando Garofalo

At least three people have been killed and six injured when a container ship rammed a control tower in the northern Italian port of Genoa late last night, according to local media.

Ten more people are still missing after the accident, which destroyed one of the harbour's main control towers, according to the head of the Genoa Port Authority Luigi Merlo. Speaking on local television Mr Merlo said they do not know what caused the collision.

"It is a terrible tragedy. At the moment there is no explanation for the accident."

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