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A boat collision causes Baltimore’s largest bridge to collapse, sending cars into the river

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Mar 26, 2024

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, measuring 2.57 km long and with four lanes, has suffered a partial collapse after a cargo ship collided with it. Reports indicate that the ship, flying the Singapore flag, crashed into the bridge around 1:30 a.m. causing a fire and several cars to fall into the water. Emergency personnel are currently searching the water for at least seven people who may have been affected by the incident.

All lanes on the Key Bridge remain closed in both directions as authorities work to divert traffic away from the area. The mayor of Baltimore, Brandon M. Scott, and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. have confirmed that emergency responders are on the scene. Kevin Cartwright, from the Baltimore Fire Department, stated that the priority is to rescue those involved, but the exact number of people affected is still unknown.

The cargo ship involved in the collision is the Dali, a vessel almost 300 meters long flying the flag of Singapore. The ship left Baltimore and was headed to Colombo, Sri Lanka when the accident occurred. The owner of the ship, Grace Ocean, and the managing company, Synergy Marine Group, have acknowledged the collision but confirmed that all crew members, including the two pilots onboard, are safe with no injuries reported.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge spans the Patapsco River and is the longest in Baltimore, forming part of Maryland Interstate 695. It is situated furthest from the city port and serves as a vital transportation link. The incident has caused significant damage to the bridge and disrupted traffic in the area. The investigation into the cause of the collision and the extent of the damage is ongoing as emergency crews work to secure the area and provide assistance to those affected.

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