What we know about the Baltimore bridge collapse 

A massive cargo ship plowed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday, causing the 1.6-mile structure to crumble like a pile of toothpicks – plunging cars and people into the frigid water below. Six people are presumed dead, a Coast Guard official said at a news conference Tuesday evening. 

Here’s what we know about the catastrophe: 

“Just minutes before the bridge, there was a total blackout on the ship, meaning that the ship lost engine power and electrical power, it was a complete blackout,” Diamond said. 

The pilot then did “everything that he could have done” to both slow the ship down and keep it from drifting to the right, toward the bridge, he added. 

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/03/26/us/baltimore-bridge-collapse-what-we-know/index.html

What is the history of the bridge’s name? 

The Francis Scott Key Bridge is named for Francis Scott Key, the author of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The site of the bridge is believed to be within 100 yards of where Key saw the bombing of Fort McHenry on Sept. 12, 1814 which inspired the words for what became the national anthem. 

The battle at Fort McHenry was a key victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The American flag raised on Sept. 14, 1814, celebrated the victory and inspired the words “broad stripes and bright stars” in Key’s song. 

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Eight people – all part of a construction crew contracted to fix potholes and make repairs – were seen on the bridge at the time. 

Two of the workers are from Guatemala, according to the country’s consulate in Maryland. 

Two people were pulled from the water after the bridge collapsed, one in a serious condition and one apparently uninjured, officials said. 

But six others likely perished due to cold water temperatures and hours spent under the surface, the US Coast Guard said on Tuesday evening. The agency said it was suspending its major search and rescue operation that lasted all day. 

It will now focus on a recovery mission to locate bodies and bring closure to families of the victims

https://www.yahoo.com/news/baltimore-francis-scott-key-bridge-214148060.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

  • The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed Tuesday morning after a ship crashed into it. 
  • Jen Woof told the Telegraph her son Jayden crossed the bridge three minutes earlier. 
  • He went across the bridge three times after an argument with his girlfriend. 

One Baltimorean was lucky to avoid Tuesday’s bridge collapse by mere minutes after crossing over it three times, The Telegraph reported. 

Jen Woof told the newspaper that her son, Jayden, was planning to stay overnight at his girlfriend’s home on the north side of the river. But after an argument, he crossed the bridge back home

Jayden then reportedly drove back over the bridge because he was feeling guilty about their argument, but his girlfriend sent him back

His third time crossing the Francis Scott Key Bridge happened just three minutes before it collapsed, per The Telegraph. 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-crossed-baltimore-bridge-3-105252494.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

Key points 

  • Baltimore Key Bridge collapses after ship collision 
  • Recovery mission for six presumed dead workers to resume Wednesday 
  • Two people removed from water after bridge collapse, with six still missing 
  • Mapped: What was the route of the Dali ship before crash? 

US divers recover data recorder from crashed ship in Baltimore -NTSB 

Investigators from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have boarded the ship that crashed into the Francis Scott Key bridge and recovered its data recorder, NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said on Wednesday. 

The recorder will be analyzed and the agency will also examine whether dirty fuel played a role in the ship’s power loss as part of its investigation into Tuesday’s collision, Homendy told CNN

https://www.yahoo.com/news/baltimore-key-bridge-collapse-latest-102814597.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

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