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Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge crumbles after container ship strikes it early March 26, 2024.

Baltimore Key Bridge collapses into river overnight

March 26, 2024
A container ship crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday morning, collapsing the bridge and sending several vehicles into the Patapsco River.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed early Tuesday morning. A container ship crashed into the bridge, sending part of the structure and several vehicles into the Patapsco River.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge is part of Interstate 695 and is next to the Port of Baltimore. About 11.5 million vehicles cross the bridge each year.

According to Business Insider, the ship that crashed into the bridge was named Dali, owned and managed by Singaporean businesses. The ship had just left the Port of Baltimore to head to Sri Lanka, reported the New York Times.

U.S. News reported that two people were rescued from the river and that the Baltimore Fire Department “may be looking for upwards of seven people.” 

“Our sonar has detected the presence of vehicles submerged in the water,” Fire Chief James Wallace said at a news conference, according to CNN. “I don’t have a count of that yet.”

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Editor Jeremy Wolfe joined the FleetOwner team in February 2024. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with majors in English and Philosophy. He previously served as Editor for Endeavor Business Media's Water Group publications.

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