• Francis Scott Key Bridge In Baltimore Struck By Ship; Collapses

    March 26, 2024
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    The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, collapsed early Tuesday morning after it was struck by a container ship. Approximately twenty victims who were on the bridge and ship when the collapse occurred had not been accounted for as of early Tuesday morning.

    The bridge, often referred to as the Key Bridge, is a major commuter route through Baltimore. The ship appeared to strike one of the supports of the bridge, causing the bridge to collapse and the roadway to plunge into the water. The ship caught fire as a result.

    “This is a dire emergency,” Kevin Cartwright, director of communications for the Baltimore Fire Department, told The Associated Press. “Our focus right now is trying to rescue and recover these people.”

    The bridge was built in 1977 and spans the Patapsco River.

    The ship was called “Dali,” according to Cartwright. A ship by that name was headed from Baltimore to Colombo, Sri Lanka, as its final destination, according to Marine Traffic and Vessel Finder. The ship was flying under a Singapore flag, WTOP radio station reported, citing Petty Officer Matthew West from the Coast Guard in Baltimore.

    “All lanes closed both directions for incident on I-695 Key Bridge. Traffic is being detoured,” the Maryland Transportation Authority posted on X.

    Parts of this story came from the Washington Times.

    Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge collapses after ship struck it, sending vehicles into water - Washington Times

    From FOX 45 Baltimore: ( video)

    Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapses after struck by ship; vehicles sent into water (fox5dc.com)

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