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Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapses in Baltimore After Cargo Ship Collision

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In a devastating incident early Tuesday morning, parts of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed into the Patapsco River after being struck by a container ship. The impact caused several vehicles to plunge into the water, leading to a mass casualty event.

The Incident in Baltimore

At approximately 1:30 a.m., reports flooded in that a 948-ft DALI container ship had collided with the bridge. The force of the impact caused a section of the bridge to crumble, leaving a mangled wreck rising out of the river in the dawn twilight. Dramatic videos and images shared on social media captured the chaos and destruction3.

Emergency Response

  • State of Emergency: Maryland Governor Wes Moore declared a state of emergency in response to the disaster.
  • Rescue Efforts: Emergency services swiftly mobilized to rescue those who fell into the water. As many as 20 people were reported missing after the collapse.
  • Baltimore Mayor’s Response: Baltimore Mayor Yuliya Talmazan headed to the scene to assess the situation and coordinate rescue efforts4.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore

The Francis Scott Key Bridge, towering 184 feet above the water, carries Interstate 695 over the Patapsco River. Its collapse has sent shockwaves through the city and raised urgent questions about infrastructure safety and maritime navigation protocols.

Investigation Underway

Authorities are investigating the cause of the collision and assessing the extent of damage to the bridge. The incident highlights the critical need for vigilance in maintaining and safeguarding vital transportation links. Our thoughts are with the affected families, and we hope for swift rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of this tragic event1.

The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge is a major blow to Baltimore’s infrastructure and a potential source of economic hardship. The extent of the damage and the timeline for reconstruction remains undetermined.

Stay tuned for further updates as the situation unfolds.

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