BREAKING: Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore Collapses After Container Ship Crashes Into Support

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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 within three to four minutes of 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. 

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

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