Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Watch in Shock as Francis Scott Key Bridge Crumbles in Seconds from Massive Cargo Ship Collision

A catastrophic event has occurred in Baltimore, Maryland as‍ the Francis ⁢Scott Key Bridge collapsed overnight. The shocking incident was captured on surveillance ‌footage, showing a cargo ship striking a column supporting the bridge ‌and causing it to crumble into the Patapsco River. The collapse happened around 1:30⁣ a.m. on Tuesday, leaving authorities scrambling to launch a massive ⁤search and rescue effort.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – MARCH 26: A cargo ship is shown after running into and collapsing the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. Rescuers are searching for at least seven people, authorities say, while two others have been pulled from the Patapsco River. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Francis ‌Scott‌ Key ⁤Bridge, a 1.6 ⁢mile long bridge that spans the Patapsco River, collapsed in a matter of seconds after being struck by the large ship. ‌The horrifying ‍moment was caught‌ on camera, and the footage has been circulating on news outlets and social media platforms. The Baltimore City⁢ Fire Department has‌ reported that at least seven people are missing, with the possibility of⁣ up to 20 individuals ⁣and multiple vehicles being submerged in the cold, dark water.

According to Kevin Cartwright, director of ⁢communications for the Baltimore City Fire Department, this ⁢is a “mass casualty multi-agency incident” and‍ the rescue mission is ongoing. The situation is made even more challenging by the deep channel port, strong⁣ currents, and cold weather conditions. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski⁤ expressed concern for those in the ⁢water, as well as the potential fall from the bridge.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – MARCH 26: The collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge is shown after being struck by a cargo ship on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. Rescuers are searching for at least seven people, authorities say, while two others have been pulled from the Patapsco River. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

As the sun rose on ⁤Tuesday morning, authorities began their search ‌and rescue efforts. So far, two people have been pulled from the water, with one ​in “very serious” condition and the other reportedly unharmed. The US Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, ⁢has stated⁢ that there are no indications ⁣that the collision was intentional.

The collapse⁣ of the Francis Scott Key‍ Bridge is ⁢a tragedy that has left the city of Baltimore in shock. Maryland’s Secretary of Transportation, Paul J. Wiedefeld,‍ confirmed that there was‍ a ​construction crew‍ working on the bridge at the time of‌ the incident. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott described ​the event as “unthinkable”​ and urged the focus to be on preserving life.

As the search​ and​ rescue efforts continue, the community⁤ is coming together to support those⁣ affected by this⁢ devastating event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.

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