Baltimore Key Bridge Collapses After Being Hit By A Huge Ship Rescue Operations Ongoing For The Vehicles That Fell Into The Waters!

Baltimore Key Bridge Collapses After Being Hit By A Huge Ship | Rescue Operations Ongoing For The Vehicles That Fell Into The Waters!

In the quiet, early hours of Tuesday, March 26, 2024, an event straight out of an action movie unfolded in Baltimore. The Francis Scott Key Bridge, collapsed into the water after a cargo ship collided with it. The bridge is a massive structure that spans over 2.6 kilometers (about 1.6 miles). Let’s have a closer look at the details of this devastating event.

Massive Collapse of the Baltimore Key Bridge!

At around 1:30 AM, while most of the city slept, a vessel named the Dali, which hails from Singapore crashed with the Key bridge. It extends an impressive length of 948 feet (roughly the length of three football fields). The impact was so severe that it caused a large portion of the bridge to give way. The crash plunged multiple vehicles into the waters below. A video that surfaced on X (previously known as Twitter) showed the horrifying moment the bridge caved to the force of the collision.

The Maryland Transportation Authority quickly took to X to alert drivers, stating, “All lanes closed both directions for incident on I-695 Key Bridge. Traffic is being detoured.” This abrupt closure of a major transportation route caused confusion and delays.

Emergency responders, including Baltimore’s fire department, launched a quick search operation. At least seven individuals are believed to be in the water. The situation was grim. Kevin Cartwright, a spokesperson for the fire department, emphasized the urgency of the rescue efforts. He called it a “developing mass casualty event.” It’s hard to imagine the fear and uncertainty those involved must have felt.

Details Of the Ship and Its Collision

Details emerged that the Dali had departed Baltimore at 1:00 AM, bound for Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Its collision with the bridge not only resulted in physical destruction but also set off a complex rescue mission. According to reports, the ship struck a bridge column, leading to the catastrophic failure. On the bridge at the time were several vehicles, including one as large as a tractor-trailer.

Matthew West, a coastguard officer, and other emergency personnel rushed to the scene. They are battling the unstable conditions to find and rescue the victims. The bridge, now partially destroyed, dangled precariously over the water, making the rescue operation even more perilous.

As the city of Baltimore and its leaders rally around the rescue efforts, the community and the nation wait anxiously for news of those affected.

Baltimore Key Bridge Collapses
Image source: The Strait Times


The incident serves as a stark reminder of the unexpected dangers that can strike at any moment. It transforms ordinary places into scenes of survival and mystery. As we follow the story of the Francis Scott Key Bridge’s collapse, our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

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