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International News: Rescue operation underway at Maryland bridge following cargo ship crash

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2024. 9:18 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Rescue operations are underway following the crash of a cargo ship into the Francis Scott Key bridge in Maryland.

The major bridge in Baltimore collapsed after being hit by the container ship.

Several vehicles on the bridge at the time plunged into the water.

According to NBC, search and rescue operations are underway for survivors.

Authorities say that workers were on the bridge at the time of the crash and emergency responders said they were looking for at least seven people who were missing.

Two people were rescued from the water after the ship hit a pillar supporting part of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which carries Interstate 695 over the Patapsco River, southeast of the Baltimore metropolitan area.

One person rescued from the water was in good condition and refused treatment.

The other was seriously injured and was being treated in a trauma center, Baltimore Fire Chief James Wallace said in a news conference at the scene.

In addition, underwater drones confirmed that there were several cars in the river.

“We are still very much in an active search-and-rescue posture at this point,” Wallace said.

Maryland Governor Wes Moore said he had declared a state of emergency following the bridge collapse and was working to deploy federal resources.

The Francis Scott Key is more than 8,500 feet, or 1.2 miles, long in total.

The river and the Port of Baltimore are key to the shipping industry on the East Coast, generating more than $3.3 billion a year and directly employing more than 15,000 people.

 

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