Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapses in Baltimore After Ship Collision

In a shocking incident, the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, USA, collapsed following a collision with a ship, as confirmed by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) early Tuesday. The MTA announced the collapse via social media platform X, attributing it to a ship strike and cautioning drivers to avoid the area over the Patapsco River, describing it as an “active scene”.

Initial reports from the MTA indicated the closure of interstate lanes in both directions due to an “incident” on the bridge, with traffic being rerouted accordingly. Baltimore Police Department spokesperson Detective Niki Fennoy later informed NBC News of a potential emergency situation, stating that individuals may have been in the water following the partial collapse.

MarineTraffic, a ship monitoring website, displayed the presence of a Singapore-flagged container ship named the Dali underneath the bridge at the time of the incident.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr acknowledged the situation, affirming that rescue operations were underway. Olszewski took to X to request prayers for those affected by the incident.

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