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Baltimore bridge collapses after being hit by ship

By Lipika Pelham

The landmark Francis Scott Key Bridge in the US city of Baltimore has collapsed after a cargo ship collided with it.

Several vehicles that were crossing the bridge, which is more than 2.6km (1.6 miles) long, plunged into the waters of the Patapsco River.

As many as 20 people are believed to be in the water, according to Baltimore fire department.

Emergency personnel rushed to the scene and rescue operations are under way.

City officials say that at around 01:30 local time (05:30 GMT) a ship struck a column on the 47-year-old bridge, causing it to collapse.

A number of vehicles, including “one the size of a tractor-trailer” plunged into the water below, they added.

The container ship, named by ship tracking data as the Singapore-flagged Dali, was on its way to Colombo in Sri Lanka.

On marine radars, it departed from the terminal at Port Breeze at around 00:45.

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