जहाज से टक्कर के बाद गिरा अमेरिकी पुल, कई लोग समा सकते हैं पानी में

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US Bridge Collapses After Ship Collision, Many May Be In Water

Bridge in Baltimore collapses after ship collision, vehicles possibly submerged; up to 20 people feared in water.

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  • 26, Mar, 2024
Sarthak Varshney
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Washington: A significant bridge in Baltimore, USA, collapsed on Tuesday following a collision with a ship, causing it to fall into the water along with possibly several vehicles. CCTV footage captured the moment a container ship struck the Francis Scott Key bridge's support, leading to its collapse into the Patapsco River, along with a large portion of the structure.

The video shows lights resembling vehicles on the road surface as the bridge distorts and collapses in sections, with a segment of the bridge cantilevering upwards before ultimately falling into the river.

"We have reason to believe that there were vehicles and possibly a tractor-trailer that went into the water," said Kevin Cartwright of the Baltimore Fire Department to the Baltimore Sun, noting that "the entire bridge" had collapsed.

Up to 20 people are feared to be in the water following the bridge collapse into the river.

"We understand up to 20 individuals may be in the Patapsco River right now as well as multiple vehicles," Kevin Cartwright of the Baltimore Fire Department told CNN, adding that officials were dealing with a "mass casualty multi-agency incident."

The 1.6-mile (2.6-kilometer), four-lane bridge spans the Patapsco River southwest of downtown Baltimore. Opened in 1977, it carries more than 11 million vehicles annually and is a crucial part of the Baltimore area's road network, which includes an industrial city on the US East Coast near Washington DC.

The Maryland Transportation Authority advised drivers to avoid the bridge, which is part of the I-695 interstate highway, describing it as an "active scene."

The ship-tracking website MarineTraffic showed a Singapore-flagged container ship named the Dali stopped under the bridge early Tuesday.

Both Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. acknowledged the incident, stating that rescue efforts were underway. Olszewski posted on X, urging people to "Please pray for those impacted," while Scott mentioned he was "en route to the incident."

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