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Tragedy Strikes Baltimore: Key Bridge Collapse Claims Lives, Recovery Efforts Underway


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In a devastating turn of events, tragedy struck Baltimore as the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed on Tuesday morning following a collision with a cargo ship, leaving at least six workers missing and presumed dead. The collapse occurred as the massive cargo vessel, Dali, lost power and crashed into one of the bridge’s pillars, causing a section of the bridge to crumble. The impact sent eight workers who were repairing potholes on the bridge plummeting into the Patapsco River below, with only two individuals rescued thus far.

The Coast Guard, leading search and rescue efforts, announced the suspension of operations at 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, with plans to resume recovery efforts on Wednesday. The incident prompted Maryland Gov. Wes Moore to declare a state of emergency, attributing the crash to an accident with no indication of a terrorist attack. President Biden expressed his intent to visit Baltimore expeditiously, emphasizing federal support for rebuilding the bridge and restoring operations at the vital Port of Baltimore, which sustains 15,000 jobs.

A view of the Dali cargo vessel which crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing it to collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., March 26, 2024. REUTERS/Julia Nikhinson

The collapse of the 1.6-mile bridge, a critical East Coast shipping thoroughfare, spells significant disruptions to supply chains and transportation networks. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg warned of prolonged impacts on supply chains, while the National Transportation Safety Board initiates an investigation into the cause of the crash and subsequent collapse. With the port playing a pivotal role in the region’s economy, the loss of the bridge threatens to disrupt traffic patterns for months to come.

As Baltimore reels from this tragedy, efforts are underway to clear the wreckage, initiate construction on a new bridge, and restore operations at the port. However, the road to recovery remains uncertain, with lingering questions about the timeline for reconstruction and the long-term implications for the city’s infrastructure and economy. Amidst the devastation, the community mourns the lives lost and rallies together in solidarity, united in the resolve to overcome this unprecedented challenge.

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