Baltimore's Key Bridge Collapses After Ship Collision; Up to 20 People Missing


UPDATE, 4:45 AM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME

Kevin Cartwright with the Baltimore Fire Department provided an update to CNN, saying, “We understand that there was up to 20 individuals who may be in the Patapsco River right now, as well as multiple vehicles. We have a mass casualty, multi-agency incident underway.” Dive teams from the BFD and other agencies are in the water searching for those people.

The bridge collapsed on top of the ship. Cartrwright said that the US Coast Guard is “in the process of establishing contact with the vessel” to determine how many injured people are on that ship and more about what type of cargo was on the ship and any mechanical issues that might have occurred before the collision. 

Cartwright said that the air temperature at the time of his update was around 30 degrees.

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ORIGINAL STORY

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland collapsed after a large container ship crashed into one of its supports just before 1:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. An unknown number of vehicles and possibly a tractor-trailer went into the Patapsco River as a result of the collapse. As of 3 AM Baltimore time, officials were searching for seven people in the water.

The collapse, which happened almost immediately after the collision, was captured by the bridge’s live cam.

The live cam footage isn’t extremely clear, but it looks like there could have been an explosion when the ship struck the bridge support.

From the Baltimore Sun:

A spokesperson for the Baltimore City Fire Department said a major rescue operation was underway with all lanes closed and with all traffic being rerouted from the steel bridge that is part of Interstate 695.

“The entire bridge collapsed into the Patapsco River,” said Kevin Cartwright, the director of communications for the Baltimore Fire Department.

“We have reason to believe that there were vehicles and possibly a tractor-trailer” that went into the water, Cartwright said.

People living near the bridge also caught the tragedy on video.

According to Rawsalerts, the ship is the Singapore-flagged Dali. 

Baltimore Fire Department’s Cartwright told Fox News, “This is a dire emergency….Our focus right now is trying to rescue and recover these people,” Cartwright said, calling the collapse a “developing mass casualty event.”

This is a developing story; we will provide more updates as they become available.





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