Section of Key Bridge in Baltimore collapses following collision with large boat

Section of Key Bridge in Baltimore collapses following collision with large boat

A portion of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, has collapsed after a large boat collided with it early Tuesday morning.

A portion of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, has collapsed after a large container boat collided with it early Tuesday morning.

Reports came in around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday that a large vessel crashed into the bridge carrying north and southbound lanes of Interstate 695, catching on fire before causing multiple vehicles to fall into the Patapsco River below.

Video showing the collision was livestreamed on YouTube through Tuesday morning. (Credit StreamTimeLive)

WTOP has received word from petty officer Matthew West from the Coast Guard in Baltimore that it was a container ship flying under a Singapore flag that crashed into the bridge. The vessel, called “Dali,” was headed through Baltimore to Colombo, Sri Lanka, as its final destination, according to Marine Traffic and Vessel Finder maps and data.

The Maryland Transportation Authority posted on X around 2 a.m. that all lanes were closed in both directions for an “incident” on the bridge and traffic was being detoured, the department said.

Baltimore Mayor Brendon Scott posted that he was aware of the situation and would be en route to the bridge with other city and state leaders.

“Emergency personnel are on scene, and efforts are underway,” he said in a post on X.

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