VIDEO: Bridge collapses after ship strikes it in Baltimore

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Published March 26, 2024 at 8:20 am

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Rescue teams are searching for seven people after a bridge collapsed in Baltimore, Maryland.

The bridge collapsed after a large container ship collided with the 1.6-mile-long (2.6 km) Francis Scott Key Bridge overnight.

A livestream of the bridge appears to show the ship’s power going out shortly before it collides with central pylons at 1:28 a.m. today (March 26).

The entire bridge crumbles into the water within 20 seconds.

Several vehicles fell into the chilly waters, and rescuers were searching for survivors. Baltimore Fire Chief James Wallace said two people were pulled from the waters under the Francis Scott Key Bridge, one is in serious condition.

Videos of the collapse are appearing across social media.

Wallace said authorities “may be looking for upwards of seven people” but said that number could change.

The crew members on the ship were reportedly uninjured.

It was not immediately clear what caused the cargo ship to crash into the bridge long before the busy morning commute in what one official called a “developing mass casualty event” in a major American city just outside of Washington, D.C.

The Port of Baltimore is an important trade hub and the bridge collapse has brought activity to a halt.

The live stream from the Port of Baltimore can be seen here.

With files from Canadian Press

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