A large freighter struck a large overhead crane in a Taiwanese port, sending it crashing into another crane and then a pile of shipping containers.

A port worker was sent to hospital with a cut to his arm.

The 86,000-ton vessel, which is owned by Orient Overseas (International), a Hong Kong shipping company, was preparing to dock at a port in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, when it struck the crane, the company said. port management company.

Port workers watch the scene after the crane overturns
Port workers watch the scene after the crane overturned (Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd / via AP)

The crash site has been cordoned off, state-owned Taiwan International Ports Corp said in a statement.

The crane fell slowly at first, then quickly, hitting a nearby crane and then a stack of shipping containers which collapsed to the ground.

Workers quickly fled the area in videos widely posted on social media.