Russian freighter headlong bridge hit, Busan

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The Russian cargo ship Seagrand crashed into a road bridge in the South Korean city of Busan.

The 6,000 tonne Seagrand collided with the side of the Gwangan Bridge in Busan with a "drunk" captain on-board.

After it hit the bridge, the ship was reversed and headed in the opposite direction.

The 43-year-old Russian captain, whose identity is being withheld, had a blood alcohol content well above the legal limit at the time, the Korean Coast Guard said.

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According to authorities, that wasn't the only problem the Seagrand had - the vessel also bumped into a cruise ship moored at the same port about forty minutes before it struck the bridge. Although motorists were seen stopping their vehicles for a few seconds at the sight of the ship closing in near the bridge, movement of the traffic resumed soon after.

The two-decked bridge is left with five-metre wide hole in the lower part.

The captain's blood alcohol level was found to be three times more the legal limit as reported by the Korea Coast Guard.

No injuries were reported, but a section of the bridge was closed off for a safety inspection. The ship was also sailing in the opposite direction of its planned course. It's now bound for Vladivostok, Russia, carrying 1,415 tons of steel coils. In this representational image, locals view the stricken Muzma Minin in Falmouth, England, Dec. 18, 2018.

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