Bridge Collapse in Baltimore: Search and Rescue Underway

In a tragic incident that took place in Baltimore, Maryland, the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship. The horrifying moment was captured on surveillance footage, showing vehicles and people falling into the cold, dark water.
Francis Scott Key Bridge collapses in a matter of seconds after cargo ships slams into column

A Massive Search and Rescue Operation
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the 1.6-mile-long Francis Scott Key Bridge, which spans the Patapsco River, collapsed when it was hit by a large ship. Within seconds, the bridge folded into the river. The incident has prompted a massive search and rescue effort to locate and save the victims.

Responding to a Tragic Event
The Baltimore City Fire Department’s Director of Communications, Kevin Cartwright, described the situation as a “mass casualty multi-agency incident.” The current focus is on finding at least seven individuals, and possibly up to 20, who may be in the Patapsco River along with multiple vehicles. Search and rescue teams are working tirelessly to locate and save those who are missing.

Unthinkable Tragedy
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott addressed the public during a press conference, stating, “This is an unthinkable tragedy. Never did you think you would see the Key Bridge tumble down like that. It looked like something out of a movie… Our focus should be the preservation of life.” The city is rallying together to support the rescue efforts.

Challenging Conditions for the Rescue Teams
Despite challenging conditions, including deep waters, strong currents, windy weather, and cold temperatures, authorities have been conducting search and rescue operations since early morning. The Baltimore County Executive, Johnny Olszewski, expressed concern about the unique circumstances, emphasizing the safety of the people in the water as well as the potential fall from the bridge.

Update on the Search and Rescue
As of 9:00 a.m. EDT, two individuals have been pulled from the water. One of them is in a “very serious” condition, while the other person was reported to be unhurt. The efforts to locate the remaining missing individuals and ensure their safety continue.

US Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, has stated that there are “no indications” that the collision with the cargo ship was intentional. Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those affected by this tragic event. Updates on the situation will be provided as the story develops.