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The ‘Almost Impossible’ Crash of the Oil Tanker Sanchi

A toxic plume rises above the oil tanker Sanchi, pictured, which collided with a grain ship on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea. Photo: AP
A toxic plume rises above the oil tanker Sanchi, pictured, which collided with a grain ship on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea. Photo: AP

It was a night Captain Zheng Lei recalls with horror.

Two huge cargo ships — one filled with oil — crashed into each other in the East China Sea near his small fishing boat on the windy and misty night of Jan. 6.

“There was a loud noise of the collision… and sparks caused by metal friction quickly ignited the ship,” Zheng recalled in an interview with Caixin.

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