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5 hurt when cruise ship rams into Venice dock

The MSC Opera cruise ship plowed into a dock and river boat in Venice on Sunday, leaving five people injured.

Video shows the ship inside the Guidecca Canal, blaring its horn as it crashes into the river boat and dock. Italian officials said five women on the river boat were injured, and four remain hospitalized. MSC Cruises said the Opera had a mechanical issue, and two tugboats leading the ship into the canal were unable to stop it from slamming into the river boat and dock.

Several environmental and safety groups released statements saying this proves cruise ships are too big for the area and should be banned from entering Venice, CBS News reports. Danilo Toninelli, Italy's minister of transport, didn't call for a blanket ban on all cruise ships in Venice, but did say the accident shows such boats "shouldn't be allowed to pass down the Giudecca anymore. After many years of inertia, we are finally close to a solution to protect both the lagoon and tourism."