Another three people died in hospital after a crane overturned in east China’s Shandong Province, bringing the death toll to five as of Saturday night.

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The accident happened at 7:50am on Saturday in Liaocheng City, where a crane at a construction site in a chemical plant fell over.

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Rescuers found nine injured people and sent them to local hospitals, and two of them died before noon. Another three died later despite treatment.

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The crane operator has been put under police custody.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.