7 dead in Genoa cargo ship crash

At least seven people have died and several are missing after a container ship smashed into a control tower in the port of Genoa.

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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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