Baltimore Bridge Collapse: Ship Crew Rescues Lives, Six Missing


Baltimore Bridge Collapse: Ship Crew Rescues Lives, Six Missing

A tragic accident occurred on a bridge in Baltimore, where several workers fell into the waters of the Patapsco River while repairing potholes. Governor Moore declared a state of emergency, and a large-scale search operation was launched to find the missing workers. Two workers were rescued, with one in serious condition. The search for the other six missing workers is ongoing, utilizing boats and divers. Five vehicles were also identified underwater, but thankfully, there were no victims inside them.

In photos of the accident, the ship appeared to lose power before striking the bridge support. Work crews were present on the bridge at the time of the collapse. Sonar detected multiple vehicles in the water, which is approximately 50 feet deep. The lights on the ship suddenly went out, causing it to change direction, leading to the collision with the bridge. Despite the tragedy, the workers managed to send an emergency message about the electricity problem, enabling officials to stop traffic on the bridge and prevent further casualties.

The collapse of the bridge, constructed in 1977 as part of Interstate 695, is expected to halt activity at the port of Baltimore. This port is crucial for import and export shipments, particularly for vehicle manufacturers like Nissan, Toyota, and General Motors. As a result, over 40 vessels are currently stranded at the port, while incoming vessels are being diverted to other ports on the east coast. The impact on trade activity is significant, with uncertainty surrounding when normal operations will resume.

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