Shipping container falls on truck at South Philly port, killing a worker

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A 52-year-old man died in South Philadelphia Monday afternoon after a shipping container fell on his truck, according to police.



The incident happened on the 3300 block of Columbus Boulevard, police said. Authorities did not identify the victim, but said he was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m.

Police said the incident happened at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, but Greg Iannarelli, chief counsel for the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority — which owns that terminal — said it happened on an adjacent lot, known as the Publicker site, where containers are sometimes taken after being offloaded.


Iannerelli said preliminary indications were that a top pick — a piece of machinery used to move containers — knocked a container from the top of a stack, causing it to fall onto the truck. He said officials were still investigating to determine more specifics.





The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Images from TV news helicopters show a white pickup truck with a smashed roof sitting next to several containers.

The Packer Marine Terminal describes itself as the largest container terminal on the Delaware River, with six berths that typically handle steel products, frozen meat, fruits, and other cargo.




New shipping services there helped boost the amount of containerized freight the Philadelphia port handled this April compared to a year earlier. And the port is poised to go through its first major renovation in decades, with $300 million from the Wolf administration expected to be used to repair berths, add new cranes, and double cargo-handling space.

In 2011, a longshoreman, Charles DiRago, 54, died at the Packer Marine Terminal when a tractor accidentally backed into him.






















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