How the Key Bridge Collapsed in Baltimore: Maps and Photos - The World News

How the Key Bridge Collapsed in Baltimore: Maps and Photos

On Tuesday, a major bridge in Baltimore collapsed into the water seconds after it was struck by a cargo ship, sending vehicles on the bridge into the river below. The cause of the strike has yet to be determined.

The collapsed span, the Francis Scott Key Bridge, is part of Interstate 695 and spans 1.6 miles over the Baltimore Harbor.

Sources: Spire Global, Google Earth

The New York Times

The ship that hit the bridge is a 948-foot-long cargo vessel called Dali. It was about a half hour into its journey toward Colombo, Sri Lanka, when it hit a main pillar of the bridge. All crew members are safe, according to the ship owners.

The lights of the ship flickered on and off in the minutes before the ship hit the bridge.

Source: StreamTime Live via YouTube

Timestamps are from StreamTime Live video.

The New York Times

Gov. Wes Moore of Maryland declared a state of emergency early Tuesday.

Search and rescue efforts are ongoing, according to the Coast Guard, citing “reports of vehicles in the water.”

The Francis Scott Key Bridge was built in 1977 and carried more than 12.4 million vehicles last year. Roads heading into Baltimore are currently closed.

Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA via Shutterstock

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