Major bridge in Baltimore, US collapses after being struck by cargo ship

Warning: This story contains a video that may shock some viewers

The 3km-long Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland has collapsed into the water after a cargo ship collided with it.

Cars and a large tractor-trailer were on the bridge before it collapsed and a Baltimore City Fire Department spokesperson has confirmed that the collapse is a “mass casualty event”.

Videos posted online showed the bridge crumpling and falling into the water at about 1.30am local time.

The Baltimore City Fire Department which is at the scene said up to 20 people and several vehicles have fallen into the river.

Baltimore’s city police told the news outlet it was possible workers were in the water after the collapse.

Baltimore’s mayor Brandon Scott was en route to the scene.

He said in a post on X he had been in contact with the Baltimore fire chief and Maryland Governor Wes Moore.

“Emergency personnel are on scene, and efforts are underway.”

Baltimore County executive Johnny Olszewski Jr said in a post on X he was also in contact with emergency services.

“Please pray for those impacted.”

“I-695 Key Bridge collapse due to ship strike. Active scene. Use I-95 or I-895,” Maryland Transportation Authority said in a post on X.

BALTIMORE, MD - MARCH 09: An outbound cargo ship passes under the Francis Scott Key Bridge, March 9, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he will impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum with an initial exemption for Mexico and Canada.   Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Traffic was being diverted along the interstate or through the harbour tunnel.

The BBC has reported that the bridge was struck by the Singapore-flagged Dali container ship, a 300m-long vessel that was on its way to Colombo in Sri Lanka.

On marine radars, the Dali departed from the terminal at Port Breeze at around 12:45am ET (4:45am GMT). It travelled towards the Francis Scott Key Bridge, but became stationary at the site of the bridge 45 minutes later.

The bridge that collapsed is named the Francis Scott Key Bridge, or the Key Bridge for short. It is part of the 695 highway that circles Baltimore.

The shipping company Synergy Marine Group confirmed that its ship Dali collided with a pillar of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.

“Whilst the exact cause of the incident is yet to be determined, the ‘Dali’ has now mobilised its Qualified Individual Incident response service,” it says.

It said all crew members were accounted for and there were no reports of injuries.

More to come…

– BBC / Reuters

According to the news on Radio New Zealand

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