Freighter Crash Shocks Baltimore, Leaving Many Unaccounted For: A Tragic Event That Raised Infrastructure Safety Concerns

What we know so far about the Baltimore bridge collapse: reminiscent of an action movie

A freighter carrying a cargo of cars and trucks crashed into a bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, sending workers and vehicles plunging into the water. The bridge, known as the Francis Scott Key Bridge, is one of the longest bridges in the world and was built in 1894 to commemorate the American national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The accident occurred just after 1:30 am local time when the freighter veered off course. The ship’s captain has been detained by authorities for questioning. The cause of the collision is still being investigated, but officials have ruled out terrorism as a possibility.

Six workers were rescued from the water, but two remain missing. Divers are continuing to search for survivors in the cold water, but hope is dwindling with each passing hour. The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge has disrupted traffic on Interstate 95, which runs through Baltimore, and has caused delays for commuters traveling to work.

The accident has also had a significant impact on the US automotive supply chain. Major car companies like Ford and General Motors have had to redirect parts shipments through other ports due to the closure of Port Baltimore for rescue operations. This has caused delays and increased costs for these companies, who rely heavily on Port Baltimore for their operations.

In addition to its impact on commerce, the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge has also raised concerns about infrastructure safety. The bridge is one of several major bridges in Baltimore that have been inspected recently due to concerns about their structural integrity. Officials are urging drivers to slow down and be cautious when crossing these bridges until they have been fully inspected and repaired if necessary.

The investigation into the cause of the bridge collapse continues as authorities work to recover any remaining survivors and vehicles from the water. They are also conducting a thorough inspection of other bridges in Baltimore to ensure their safety for future use.

Mayor Brandon Scott called it “a tragic event” that drew international attention and condolences from US President Joe Biden.

“This is something out of an action movie,” Mayor Brandon Scott said during a press conference held shortly after the accident.

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