Ship hits US bridge: Six feared dead in Baltimore tragedy

Ship hits US bridge: Six feared dead in Baltimore tragedy

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“Just prior to the incident, the ship Dali had experienced a momentary loss of propulsion. As a result, it was unable to maintain the desired course and collided,'' said the Maritime Authority of Singapore, where Dali is flagged.

The ship's management company, Synergy Marine Pte Ltd, reported that the crew “dropped anchor” in a last-ditch effort to stop the ship, the authority said.

Jennifer Homendy, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is overseeing the investigation, said federal investigators expect recordings from the ship will be key to helping determine what happened.

Butler of the Maryland State Police said divers would begin a more extensive search Wednesday morning “to do our best to recover those six missing people.”

The Francis Scott Key Bridge, named after the poet who wrote the lyrics of the U.S. national anthem, is a vital link in the East Coast Highway System, used by approximately 34,000 vehicles each day.

There are also other bridges and tunnels for drivers to cross the port. However, the tangled steel barrier is now half-submerged at the entrance to the port and blocking almost all maritime traffic.

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