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Dramatic Audio Captures Horror Moment Cargo Ship Rammed Into Bridge

Dispatch audio from emergency responders captured the tense atmosphere after a cargo ship rammed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday, causing it to be completely destroyed.

Operators of the Dali cargo ship had issued a mayday call that the vessel had lost power moments before the crash, but the ship still headed toward the span at “a very, very rapid speed,” Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said.

The 985-foot-long vessel struck one of the 1.6-mile long bridge’s supports, causing the span to break and fall into the water within seconds.

An emergency responder could be heard on the dispatch audio mentioning that construction workers had been operating on the bridge during the collapse, and an “unknown amount of those workers [were] in the water.” That prompted a call for a dive team.

Later in the call, another dispatcher says the “main portion” of the bridge had collapsed into the water, causing vehicles to be “plummetted and submerged” in the water. Dispatchers also mention that police have begun stopping vehicles from entering the bridge.

Another dispatcher described it as a “mass casualty” incident.

“Can you make notifications to all the local hospitals in the area?” a dispatcher says.

Two people were later reported as having been rescued. Six construction workers repairing potholes on the bridge were still missing Tuesday afternoon and presumed dead. Jeffrey Pritzker, executive vice president of Brawner Builders, said they were working in the middle of the span when it came apart.

The ship, owned by Singapore-based Grace Ocean Private Ltd., had been moving at 8 knots, or roughly 9 mph. All crew members, including the two pilots, have been accounted for and there were no reports of injuries on the vessel.

An inspection of the Dali last June at a port in Chile identified a problem with the ship’s “propulsion and auxiliary machinery,” according to Equasis, a shipping information system. The deficiency involved gauges and thermometers, but the website’s online records did not elaborate.

The most recent inspection was conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard in New York in September. The “standard examination” did not identify any deficiencies, according to the Equasis data.

Federal inspectors rated the 47-year-old bridge in fair condition, but the structure did not appear to have pier protection to withstand the crash, experts said.

The ship had managed to send out a warning which enabled authorities to limit vehicle traffic on the span. The accident also occurred at 1:30 a.m., meaning it was well before the busy morning rush.

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  • ILOVEAMERICA says:

    What is Maryland Gov. Wes Moore smoking? Less than 9 mph is not a very very high speed.

    • carl says:

      IT’S THE FORCE AT WHICH THE TONNAGE IS MOVING 9MPH MAY NOT SEEM FAST IN A VEHICLE BUT MAKE THAT VEHICLE A 600FT SHIP WEIGHING THE TONNAGE IT DOES
      AND JUST TRY AND STOP THAT MOVEMENT PRAYERS TO ALL INVOLVED ONE SHIPPING CONTAINER CAN WEIGH 5,000LBS HOW MANY YA THINK WERE ON THE SHIP AND TIMES THAT WITH THE WEIGHT OF THE SHIP AND 9 MPH BECOMES UNSTOPPABLE WITH NO POWER #FJB

      • martin fidal says:

        Carl, those containers can weigh more than that empty ! and upto 30,480 kg or 67,196 lbs each !!! the ship has a maximum weight of 116,900 tonnes the momentum is = p = 467600 kg·m/s and as a comparison your 1.3 tonne (1300kg) car at 70mph is 40,771 kg·m/s so if 11.5 cars all crashed at the same time without applying any braking you might have seen the same sort of damage…. cars don’t drive on water all that well, also to note did you see how quick the bridge dropped ? in less than one second it had all freefallen into the river !

  • FJB AND THE OHOMO JACKASS YOU RODE IN ON says:

    Done deliberately by the Bidung Regime to further cause inflation and security risks. The truth will come out eventually and I know I’m correct just like I knew Biden was going to destroy America before the election ever happened I even said to my wife why vote it will all be rigged for Biden. AND IT WAS 1000% But we still voted. And Biden tells one lie after another its ridiculous he claims he used to ride the train across that bridge LMFAO Yeah sure Psycho Joe. I’m sure you got oil cancer from the trains exhaust also!! And of course your son died in Iraq. Pathological Lying piece of Satan waste. DROP DEAD BIDEN!!! TODAY!! THAT’S A MANDATE!!

    • TRUTH SHALL BE HEARD says:

      I smell a Rat!!! A feeble evil old PsychoRat named Adolf Hitler Biden

      • LIVE FREE OR DIE FIGHTING says:

        Nobody will buy that this was just an accident. Look at the entire video. The ship blatantly turned a sharp right to line itself up with the bridge piling right before impact. Must be some kind of national security issue now or business to destroy to artificially cause more inflation. Biden did this during the Jimmy Carter regime also. Yeah sure Biden we know where Jimmy got the term THE WORLDS TAPPED OUT OF OIL. causing the great energy shortage and massive inflation from 1977 to 1980. And low and behold more Biden Bullshit 45 years later. Same shit exactly. BIDEN IS A PSYCHOCRAT
        POWER AND MONEY RULE HIS SHIT FOR BRAIN!! A PSYCHOPATH TO THE TENTH DEGREE. HE IS THE MOST EVIL ROTTEN SOULESS HEARTLESS GENOCIDAL LUNATIC IN WORLD HISTORY AND THE BIGGEST TRAITOR OF AMERICA EVER. HE MAKES BENEDICT ARNOLD LOOK LIKE MARY POPPINS!!! JOSEPH STALIN IS HIS HERO!!! AND XI JINPING IS HIS OWNER AND BARACK OHOMO PULLS HIS STRINGS. BRAIN DEAD PUPPET DESTROYS AMERICA THE HEADLINES SHOULD READ!! This Satanic creature is causing insanity from coast to coast.
        At the end of my rope. 2nd Ammendment Time

  • Scott says:

    Someone has a lot of “splaning” to do.

  • Rachel says:

    Hard to understand how that whole bridge collapsed that fast! Was there no independent supports? How shitty was this bridge? How does this not rate renovation, what happened to Build Back Better, was this bridge not deemed racist enough to need fixing? Seriously the Biden administration should see this as a huge hit to their administration and election slogans, they should be ashamed, of course none of them feel shame. And what the hell happened with that ship? There better be some arrests!

  • MK says:

    Is anybody looking at the merchant mariners working on that ship? Why did it have power failure? Could an America Hater working on that ship have sabotaged it? Does department of homeland have any time to look into it because of the Trump persecutions?

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