May 19, 2024
Major Baltimore Bridge Collapse

Major Baltimore Bridge Collapse

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Major Baltimore Bridge Collapse: Rescue Efforts Underway for Missing Workers

Baltimore-  A major bridge collapse occurred early Tuesday in Baltimore after being struck by a large container ship. Six people were reported missing, believed to be part of the construction crew working on the bridge at the time. Two individuals were rescued, with one in serious condition. The bridge, known as the Francis Scott Key Bridge, carries Interstate 695 across the Patapsco River. The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. ET while contractors were working on the bridge. Vessel traffic into and out of the Port of Baltimore has been suspended until further notice.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the collapse. Sonar scans detected submerged vehicles, but the exact number is undisclosed. Officials have stated there’s no indication of terrorism; the incident is believed to be an accident.

Major Baltimore Bridge Collapse
Major Baltimore Bridge Collapse

The bridge, completed in 1977, serves approximately 35,000 people daily. Drivers in the area will have to use alternative routes such as the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels. Rebuilding the bridge will be a long-term project.

The vessel involved in the collision is a 948-ft Singapore-flagged container ship chartered by Maersk. All 22 crew members on board, including two pilots, were accounted for. The cause of the incident is under investigation, and the vessel’s management group is cooperating with authorities.

Emergency personnel are on the scene, and Maryland’s governor has declared a State of Emergency, coordinating with federal resources for rescue efforts. The situation is ongoing as authorities continue to assess and respond to the tragedy.


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