Baltimore bridge collapses after ship collision

Posted on March 26 2024
by Yashmika Dukaran

The Maryland Transportation Authority reported that the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, USA, collapsed following a collision with a ship.

"I-695 Key Bridge collapse due to ship strike," announced the MTA on social media platform X, referring to the interstate highway. It advised drivers to steer clear of the route over the Patapsco River, describing it as an "active scene".

Earlier, the MTA had announced the closure of interstate lanes in both directions due to an "incident" on the bridge and the rerouting of traffic.

A spokesperson from the Baltimore Police Department informed NBC News that individuals might have ended up in the river.

"At 1:35 am, Baltimore City police were informed of a partial bridge collapse, with workers potentially in the water, at the Francis Scott Key Bridge," stated Detective Niki Fennoy.

The ship monitoring website MarineTraffic displayed a Singapore-flagged container ship named the Dali halted under the bridge early Tuesday.