Taranto

Worker missing after crane at ILVA plant blown into sea

Scuba-diver teams coming to search after tornado hits site

Worker missing after crane at ILVA plant blown into sea

(see related story on bad weather) Taranto, November 28 - A worker is missing after the crane he was operating was blown into the sea when a tornado hit the troubled ILVA steel plant in Taranto, fire brigade sources said Wednesday. Scuba-diver teams are reportedly on their way to Taranto to search for the worker as bad weather added to the plant's woes, with winds causing a tower and a building at the facility to collapse and a lightning bolt knocking down a chimney. The company said two people had been taken to hospital and 20 people suffered minor injuries as a result of the damage caused by the weather, having earlier said there were no reports of injuries. Furious winds also overturned cars and blew down walls in the area and caused services on the Taranto-Bari train route to be halted. The ILVA plant is threatened with permanent closure as a result of a criminal probe into allegations emissions from it have led to abnormal levels of tumours and respiratory diseases in the Taranto area. The government has said it will try to pass measures that will make it possible to keep Italy's biggest steel plant operating while a clean-up operation takes place.

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