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A “mass casualty incident” has been declared after a bridge in Baltimore collapsed, leaving authorities trying to find seven individuals who have fallen within the river.

Part of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, in Maryland, got here down after a container ship hit it early on Tuesday morning.

The 1.6 mile-long bridge carries Route 695 and is the third longest size of unsupported roadway on this planet. It crosses the Patapsco River within the southeastern nook of Baltimore City, which is a significant sea port on the Atlantic Ocean shoreline.

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The bridge was struck by a big vessel at round 1.30am native time, with a number of automobiles falling into the water beneath. The boat additionally caught on hearth and sank.

Kevin Cartwright, director of communications for the Baltimore Fire Department, advised information company AP that 911 calls reported a vessel travelling outbound from Baltimore had struck a column on the bridge, inflicting it to break down.

Multiple automobiles have been on the bridge on the time, together with one the scale of a tractor-trailer.

Mr Cartwright mentioned: “This is currently a mass casualty incident and we are searching for seven people who are in the river.”

He mentioned it’s too early to know the way many individuals have been affected, however known as the collapse a “developing mass casualty event”.