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US Bridge Collapses After Ship Crashes Into It: What We Know So Far


Baltimore:

A significant bridge collapsed within the US metropolis of Baltimore after being struck by a closely laden container ship.
Many questions stay, together with how the ship might have misplaced management. This is what we all know up to now:

What occurred?

At roughly 1:30 am (0530 GMT) the Singapore-flagged container ship Dali, departing Baltimore with a full cargo en path to Sri Lanka, crashed right into a concrete pier supporting the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.

Inside seconds nearly all the bridge collapsed and plunged into what officers stated was roughly 50 ft (15 meters) of frigid water beneath.

Moments earlier than, the ship issued a Mayday name warning that it had misplaced energy — prompting authorities to scramble to close down site visitors to the bridge, probably saving lives.

A search and rescue operation involving divers, boats, plane and complex sonar and infrared gear is underneath method.

What number of casualties are there?

Officers say they’re looking for a minimum of six members of an eight-person building crew that was at work repairing potholes on the bridge.

Two different individuals have already been pulled from the water. One was unharmed, however the different was critically injured and rushed to hospital.

There was some confusion over whether or not any individuals should still be trapped in automobiles which will have been on the bridge when it collapsed.

Baltimore’s hearth chief James Wallace stated sonar has discovered automobiles within the water, however he couldn’t give additional particulars.

Maryland’s Governor Wes Moore stated the investigation was nonetheless ongoing, whereas state Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld stated officers “don’t consider” any individuals had been trapped in automobiles.

The managers of the Dali, Synergy Marine Group, stated that not one of the crew had been injured.

What brought on it?

The Dali issued a Mayday name moments earlier than the crash, warning that it had misplaced energy and propulsion. It isn’t but clear what brought on the ability outage.

“In consequence, it was unable to take care of the specified heading and collided with the Francis Scott Key bridge,” Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority stated in an announcement, citing Synergy Marine Group.

CCTV footage exhibits the ship going darkish twice within the minutes earlier than the crash. A puff of smoke can be seen earlier than the collision.

Singapore’s MPA stated the Dali had dropped its anchors previous to the crash as a part of its emergency procedures. Doing so can assist gradual the passage of an out-of-control ship.

Officers have stated repeatedly that there’s “no indication” of terrorism.

Some consultants prompt the bridge’s major help buildings could not have been correctly protected to resist a collision by such a big vessel.

“The numerous momentum of this large cargo vessel, particularly when laden with cargo, would have been appreciable upon affect,” stated Toby Mottram, a structural engineering professor on the College of Warwick.

“It is evident that the pier could not face up to the affect vitality…. The extent of the harm to the bridge superstructure seems disproportionate to the trigger,” Mottram stated.

What occurs subsequent?

Authorities have closed the port “till additional discover” and site visitors is being diverted away from the bridge because the rescue effort continues.

Officers have stated that discovering any survivors is their solely precedence in the meanwhile. Moore declared a state of emergency.

They’re additionally monitoring for any gasoline spill from the stricken Dali, although none has been confirmed but.

The collapse is anticipated to have a extreme affect on the area. Site visitors round Baltimore shall be affected by the lack of the bridge, whereas transport might additionally see lengthy delays because of the particles now choking the waterway.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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