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What we know so far about the Baltimore bridge collapse: reminiscent of an action movie

Byeditor

Mar 26, 2024

A kilometre-long bridge in the American state of Maryland made headlines when its middle portion collapsed in just twenty seconds. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. local time when the freighter Dali veered off course near the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Eight workers and at least seven cars ended up in the cold water as a result of the collapse, but miraculously, all crew members on the ship were unharmed.

Authorities quickly ruled out terrorism as a cause of the collapse, with the Baltimore FBI stating that the collision was not intentional. The dramatic accident, described as something out of an action movie by Mayor Brandon Scott, drew international attention and condolences from US President Joe Biden. The vessel, part of Danish shipping company Maersk, lost propulsion before colliding with the bridge due to power failure.

Two workers were rescued from the water, while six others remained missing, along with the occupants of the cars that fell into the water. Divers continued to search for survivors in the cold water, with diminishing hopes of finding them due to the low water temperature. The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, though a major tragedy, had not been expected given the bridge’s good technical condition.

The bridge’s collapse has significant implications for the US automotive supply chain, with major car companies like Ford and General Motors having to redirect parts shipments through other ports. The closure of the port of Baltimore for rescue operations further complicates the situation for these companies, who rely heavily on the port for their operations. The investigation into the cause of the bridge collapse continues as authorities work to recover any remaining survivors and vehicles from the water.

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