18 dead after crane collapses at construction site in southern China

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18 Dead After Crane Collapses at Construction Site in Southern China

At least 18 people are dead and another 18 are injured after a massive crane collapsed at a construction site in southern China.

Authorities say the 80-ton crane fell directly onto a two-story temporary building in Dongguan during a strong windstorm.

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A spokesperson for the rescue effort told state media Thursday 139 construction workers were inside the building when the crane collapsed early Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, 18 people were still hospitalized, and four were reported in serious but stable condition.

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18 dead after crane collapses at construction site in southern China
Rescuers work at the accident site of a collapsed temporary structure after it was hit by a crane on a construction site in Mayong Township of Dongguan City, south China's Guangdong Province on April 13, 2016. A huge crane which collapsed in high winds killed 18 people at a construction site in southern China early on April 13, state media said. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers and workers who were wounded in a crane collapse accident, receive medical treatment at a hospital in Dongguan, south China's Guangdong Province, April 13, 2016. A huge crane which collapsed in high winds killed 18 people at a construction site in southern China early on April 13, state media said. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers work at the accident site of a collapsed temporary structure after it was hit by a crane on a construction site in Mayong Township of Dongguan City, south China's Guangdong Province on April 13, 2016. A huge crane which collapsed in high winds killed 18 people at a construction site in southern China early on April 13, state media said. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers and workers who were wounded in a crane collapse accident, receive medical treatment at a hospital in Dongguan, south China's Guangdong Province, April 13, 2016. A huge crane which collapsed in high winds killed 18 people at a construction site in southern China early on April 13, state media said. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers work at the accident site of a collapsed temporary structure on a construction site in Mayong Township of Dongguan City, south China's Guangdong Province on April 13, 2016. A huge crane which collapsed in high winds killed 18 people at a construction site in southern China early on April 13, state media said. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers work at the accident site of a collapsed temporary structure on a construction site in Mayong Township of Dongguan City, south China's Guangdong Province on April 13, 2016. A huge crane which collapsed in high winds killed 18 people at a construction site in southern China early on April 13, state media said. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers work at the accident site of a collapsed temporary structure on a construction site in Mayong Township of Dongguan City, south China's Guangdong Province on April 13, 2016. A huge crane which collapsed in high winds killed 18 people at a construction site in southern China early on April 13, state media said. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers work at the accident site of a collapsed temporary structure on a construction site in Mayong Township of Dongguan City, south China's Guangdong Province on April 13, 2016. A huge crane which collapsed in high winds killed 18 people at a construction site in southern China early on April 13, state media said. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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The collapse is being called the deadliest accident in the region since a massive landslide of mud and construction waste crashed down on an industrial park in Shenzhen in December 2015, leaving at least 74 people dead or missing.

An investigation into the crane collapse is now ongoing.

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