A cargo ship collided with a bridge over a river in Baltimore, causing it to collapse. Someone's car fell down: PPTVHD36

There was an accident on a large cargo ship. It collided with the supporting columns of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, or “Main Bridge,” in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, until the bridge collapsed at 1:30 a.m. local time in Baltimore (12:30 p.m. Thai time).

The bridge is a four-lane road bridge approximately 2.5 kilometers long that spans the Patapsco River and serves as a crossing to the Port of Baltimore. It is a major connection to Interstate 695 or the Baltimore Beltway.

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Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore (archive photo)

There were initially no reports of injuries or deaths as a result of the accident. But a spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department said: Assistance from multiple agencies is currently being dispatched to the scene. The Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) ordered a closure of the affected area.

This was confirmed by Kevin Cartwright, communications director for the Baltimore Fire Department. In fact, the bridge collided with a large ship, causing it to collapse into the river. There is confirmed footage from StreamTime Live, a YouTube channel that often broadcasts live scenes from cities, airports and ports across the US.

Cartwright also said about seven people and several vehicles fell into the river, adding that it appeared that “some item or items were hanging from the bridge,” creating an unsafe and unstable situation. And the complexity of rescue operations. “This is a serious emergency.”

Latest at 3:25pm Thailand time. said the communications chief for the Baltimore City Fire Department. Up to 20 people fell into the Patapsco River.

Meanwhile, Matthew West, a petty officer first class in the Coast Guard in Baltimore, told the New York Times that the boat that struck the dock bridge was 29 meters long on the Daly, a Singapore-flagged cargo ship.

Daly left Baltimore at 1:00 a.m. bound for Colombo. Capital of Sri Lanka

A cargo ship collided with the Key Bridge in Maryland Reuters/LSIG
Pictures from the ship's tracking system during the accident

Shipping company Synergy Marine Group confirmed that the freighter Daly, which belongs to the company, had indeed collided with the support columns of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. “Although the exact cause of the accident has not been confirmed, Daly has now mobilized an approved incident response.

The company added that all crew members were fine and no injuries were reported.

The main obstacle in finding the fallen is the cold conditions and limited visibility in the Francis Scott Quay Bridge area, Cartwright said. They work with the US Coast Guard. And a team of divers for search and rescue. The temperature around the port is about -1 degrees Celsius.

“In the area where I live, temperatures are at least around -1°C and maybe a little lower than that. I am sure the water temperatures will be much colder…which could cause concern and risk for our divers.”

A cargo ship collides with a bridge over the river REUTERS/Harford County MD Fire & EMS
A photo of the damage to the pier bridge.

There were also reports of large amounts of diesel fuel in the waters surrounding the boat that collided with the bridge.

Opened in 1977, the bridge was named after Francis Scott Key, author of The Star-Spangled Banner. It is believed that sitting near where the bridge stands today, Francis was inspired by the attack on Fort McHenry in 1814 and inspired him to write. National anthem.

The Port of Baltimore handled more than 52 million tons of international cargo worth more than $80 billion last year, the ninth-highest total among U.S. ports.

Compiled from BBC / CNN / Watchman

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