Watch video: Francis Scott bridge collapses in Baltimore

As dawn broke, the extent of the damage became increasingly apparent, raising concerns about the structural integrity of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

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New Delhi: A catastrophic incident unfolded in Baltimore, Maryland, early Tuesday morning when the Francis Scott Key Bridge, a critical part of the city's infrastructure, was struck by a container ship, resulting in a devastating collapse. The collision, involving the Singapore-flagged container ship named the Dali, led to a declaration of a mass casualty event, shocking residents and authorities alike.

Video of bridge collapse: A night of horror

At approximately 1:30 am, the tranquility of the night was shattered as the Francis Scott Key Bridge's steel arches disintegrated upon impact, sending massive sections plummeting into the Patapsco River. Shocking footage captured the bridge's collapse, marking a tragic turn of events for Baltimore and its residents.

Rescue efforts amid uncertainty

Amidst the chaos, the Baltimore City Fire Department mobilized rescue teams to the scene, responding swiftly to reports of multiple vehicles, including a tractor-trailer, submerged in the river. Kevin Cartwright, Director of Communications for the fire department, confirmed the commencement of dive and rescue operations to locate individuals affected by the disaster. While initial reports suggested at least seven people were thrown into the river, the exact toll of the incident remains uncertain.

Interstate shutdown and traffic disruptions

In the aftermath of the collapse, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) took immediate action, closing all lanes of I-695 in both directions, urging motorists to seek alternative routes. The closure caused significant traffic disruptions and forced commuters to navigate major detours, amplifying the impact of the tragic event on the city's transportation network.

Perilous conditions prevail

Rescue operations faced formidable challenges as emergency responders confronted unstable conditions at the collapse site, with debris and potential hazards posing additional risks. Cartwright highlighted the precarious situation, emphasizing the need for caution amidst the wreckage. Despite the challenges, responders remained resolute in their efforts to locate survivors and ensure the safety of all affected individuals.

Assessing the damaged debris

As dawn broke, the extent of the damage became increasingly apparent, raising concerns about the structural integrity of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Media reports hinted at significant structural loss, fueling speculation about the cause of the collision and subsequent collapse. Investigations are underway to unravel the sequence of events leading to the tragic incident, while the future of the iconic bridge hangs in the balance.

Baltimore in shock

The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge has sent shockwaves through Baltimore, leaving residents and officials grappling with the aftermath of the disaster. As the community mourns the loss and awaits further updates, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of infrastructure and the importance of vigilance in safeguarding public safety.