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Baltimore Bridge Collapse

Apr 15, 2024

The Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed on March 26, 2024, after a massive container ship lost power and crashed into the iconic Baltimore bridge, sending people and vehicles into the frigid Patapsco River. There have been casualties and recovery efforts are ongoing. Six people are missing presumed dead till now. Some information about the bridge: The bridge, which is more than 2.6 km (1.6) miles) long, was destroyed after a vessel hit a support. The Francis Scott Key Bridge, also referred to as just the Key Bridge, opened to traffic in March 1977 and is the final link in the Baltimore Beltway, according to the Mary land. It crosses over the 50-foot-deep Patapsco River, where former US attorney Francis Scott Key found inspiration to write the lyrics to the Star-Spangled Banner. More than 30,000 people commuted daily on the bridge, according to Maryland Gov. Wes Moore. The bridge cost $60.3 million to build, MDTA (Maryland transportations Authority   says. Since its collapse, President Joe Biden said he is committed to helping rebuild the bridge as soon as possible. The bridge collapsed after a container vessel called Dali collided with one of its supports. Dali is operated by Singapore-based Synergy Group but had been chartered to carry cargo by Danish shipping giant Maersk. The ship is about 984 feet long, according to Marine Traffic data. That is the length of almost three football fields. The US Coast Guard detected an oil sheen on the water near the wreckage on Tuesday, but the source of the fuel had not been determined, USCG Petty Officer Kimberly Reaves said. There is no hazmat threat to the public, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Gautier said Wednesday. Of the ship’s 4,700 cargo containers, only two went missing overboard – and neither contains hazardous materials, Gautier said. He said the vessel does have more than 1.5 million gallons (about twice the volume of an Olympic-size swimming pool) of oil on board, but they remain stable, there are no drinking water intakes near the site of the crash that could compromise drinking water quality," said Shaun Eagan, US Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson. We hope everything gets better and this sad situation does not happen again Hi 

story of the bridge Reference: CNN 

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