Cargo ship destroys bridge in Baltimore 

A container ship collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, United States, on Tuesday morning causing a portion of the bridge to collapse into the Patapsco River. 

This crash saw many vehicles and about 20 construction workers on the bridge plunge into the cold waters below.

The container ship, identified as the Dali, a 948-foot vessel under the Singapore flag, suffered what looked to be an explosion during the collision. 

This resulted in different materials, including containers and diesel, spilling into the river. 

The ship’s crew was reported safe with no injuries, and the ship’s owners claimed no environmental pollution was caused.

Kevin Cartwright, the Baltimore Fire Department’s director of communications, described the situation as “a dire emergency.”

The bridge, which sees around 30,000 vehicles using it daily, was seen collapsing on live footage as the ship struck a central support structure.

Structural engineers were called to look into the damage and investigate the cause of the incident. 

The bridge which was opened in 1977 now faces a period of repair before it can be used again. 

Compiled by staff writer

Pictured above: The bridge collapsing. 

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