Cargo Ship Collision Causes Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse in Baltimore: Search and Rescue Operations Underway

A cargo ship struck Baltimore's Francis Scott Key , resulting in a partial collapse.

Multiple vehicles fell from the bridge during the incident.

Cargo Ship Collision Causes Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse
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The Baltimore City Fire Department conducted search and rescue operations for at least seven people in the water.

According to an unclassified report from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the container ship Dali lost propulsion while leaving port and warned Maryland officials of a potential collision.

The crew of the ship informed the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) that they had lost control.

The ship ultimately collided with the bridge, leading to its collapse.

As a result, the waterway into and out of the port has been closed, and there is currently no alternative route to access the second busiest port in the mid-Atlantic.

The cargo ship Dali, a Singapore-flagged vessel, was involved in a crash, but all 22 crew members, including the pilots, have been accounted for with no reported injuries.

The ship is owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd, and the cause of the crash is still unknown. The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Baltimore after a cargo ship struck a major bridge.

Cargo Ship Collision Causes Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse
Cargo Ship Collision Causes Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse (Image source: Twitter)

There is no indication of any malicious intent, and the U.S. Coast Guard is conducting search and rescue operations for those still missing. Senior White House officials have been in contact with Maryland governor and Baltimore to provide federal assistance.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has offered support to local officials following the bridge collapse, urging drivers to follow local responder guidance on detours and response efforts.

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore has declared a state of emergency in response to the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.

The collapse occurred when a container ship named Dali struck the bridge at around 1:30 a.m.

The incident resulted in vehicles and people falling into the water.

As of now, approximately 20 people are missing and believed to be in the water.

Two individuals have been rescued from the water so far.

Gov. Moore is coordinating with an interagency team to swiftly deploy federal resources from the to address the situation.

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