Rescue operation underway after Baltimore's Key Bridge collapses

TODAY
26 Mar 202405:05

Summary

TLDRA major bridge at the Port of Baltimore collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship, which reportedly lost power. The incident occurred in the early hours, with vehicles still on the bridge as it fell into the harbor. Rescue efforts, including sonar searches, are underway amid cold water conditions, posing significant challenges for potential survivors. The ship, a 950-container vessel, collided with a bridge pillar, and all crew members have been accounted for. The NTSB will lead the investigation into the cause of the accident, which has disrupted traffic and affected the busy port operations.

Takeaways

  • ๐ŸŒ‰ A major bridge collapse occurred at the Port of Baltimore due to a collision with a cargo ship.
  • ๐Ÿšข The cargo ship, a 950-container vessel, struck a bridge pillar and lost power before the incident.
  • ๐Ÿšจ Emergency services including the fire department and coast guard rushed to the scene for an active search and rescue operation.
  • ๐Ÿš— Vehicles were still on the bridge as it crumbled into the water, raising concerns for potential survivors.
  • ๐Ÿ” Sonar detected the presence of submerged vehicles, indicating possible trapped occupants.
  • ๐ŸŒก๏ธ The cold water temperatures pose a significant challenge for potential survivors, with estimates of possible survival times ranging from minutes to an hour with proper gear.
  • ๐Ÿ›ณ The ship's crew, including the two pilots, have been accounted for, but a full damage assessment is needed before they can be evacuated.
  • ๐Ÿ“ The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be in charge of the investigation into the cause of the collision.
  • ๐Ÿšฆ The bridge collapse impacts traffic, with one of the busiest north/south corridors on the east coast, I-95, remaining open, but the surrounding area facing challenges.
  • ๐ŸŒ† The Port of Baltimore, one of the busiest in the country, faces disruptions and must assess safety measures for moving traffic in and out of the port.

Q & A

  • What was the main event described in the transcript?

    -The main event described in the transcript is the collapse of a bridge at the Port of Baltimore due to a collision with a cargo ship.

  • How did the bridge collapse occur?

    -The bridge collapse occurred when a cargo ship hit one of the bridge's key pillars, leading to the bridge falling into the harbor.

  • What was the condition of the ship that hit the bridge?

    -The ship had a 950-container capacity and reportedly lost power while in the water before the collision.

  • How many crew members were on the ship?

    -The exact number of crew members is not specified in the transcript, but it mentions that all of them, including the two pilots, have been accounted for.

  • What was the weather condition during the incident?

    -The weather was very cold, with the water temperature at 32 degrees and the air temperature at 40-45 degrees.

  • What challenges do cold water conditions pose to potential survivors?

    -Cold water conditions can lead to exhaustion after 7 minutes and significantly reduce the chances of survival after an hour without proper flotation devices or gear.

  • How is the local community responding to the incident?

    -Local authorities, including the fire department, coast guard, and surrounding counties, are actively involved in search and rescue operations, using sonar to detect submerged vehicles and looking for survivors.

  • What is the significance of the bridge to the local traffic?

    -The bridge was a major artery, and its collapse has caused significant disruption to traffic, especially since I-695 is now closed, affecting travel along the East Coast.

  • What is the role of the local marine pilot in navigating the waters around Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay?

    -By law, a local marine pilot is required when navigating these complex waters to ensure safety and familiarity with the area.

  • What are the next steps in the investigation of the incident?

    -The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be running the investigation to determine the cause of the incident, and a full damage assessment of the ship will be conducted before any boarding takes place.

  • How will the Port of Baltimore be affected by this incident?

    -The Port of Baltimore, one of the busiest in the country, will face challenges in determining the safety of moving traffic in and out of the port and may experience significant operational disruptions.

  • What is the current status of the bridge and the surrounding infrastructure?

    -The bridge has completely collapsed, and the surrounding infrastructure, including I-695, is affected. However, I-95 remains open for travel.

Outlines

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๐ŸŒ‰ Bridge Collapse at Port of Baltimore

The first paragraph describes a catastrophic event where a bridge at the Port of Baltimore has collapsed into the harbor after being struck by a cargo ship. The incident occurred overnight, with video footage showing smoke coming from the ship prior to the collision. The bridge was a significant traffic artery, and despite the early morning collapse, there were vehicles on it which were submerged as it fell. Emergency services including the fire department and coast guard responded immediately, with an active search and rescue operation ongoing. The cargo ship, a 950-container vessel, collided with a bridge pillar, and all crew members have been accounted for. The ship reportedly lost power in the water, and the investigation into the cause of the accident is to be led by the NTSB. The impact on local traffic and the port's operations is also discussed, with the port of Baltimore being one of the busiest in the country.

Mindmap

Keywords

๐Ÿ’กSurvivability

Survivability refers to the ability of individuals to withstand or endure adverse conditions, such as prolonged exposure to cold water. In the context of the video, it is crucial to understand how long a person can survive in cold water temperatures, which is directly related to the potential rescue efforts following the bridge collapse.

๐Ÿ’กBridge Collapse

A bridge collapse is a catastrophic event where a bridge structure fails and collapses, often leading to significant damage, disruptions, and potentially loss of life. In the video, the bridge collapse at the Port of Baltimore is the central event around which the narrative is built, highlighting the impact on transportation and emergency response efforts.

๐Ÿ’กCargo Ship

A cargo ship is a large vessel designed for the transport of goods and materials across waterways. In the video, the cargo ship plays a significant role as the cause of the bridge collapse, highlighting the potential risks associated with maritime traffic and the importance of safety protocols in navigation.

๐Ÿ’กSearch and Rescue

Search and rescue operations are coordinated efforts to locate and assist individuals in distress, often following emergencies such as natural disasters, accidents, or in this case, a bridge collapse. The video emphasizes the ongoing search and rescue efforts in the water, highlighting the urgency and the collaborative nature of these operations.

๐Ÿ’กCold Temperatures

Cold temperatures refer to low ambient temperatures that can have various effects on the environment and human activities. In the video, the cold temperatures are a critical factor affecting the survivability of potential survivors in the water, as well as the operational challenges faced by rescue teams.

๐Ÿ’กMarine Pilot

A marine pilot is a professional navigator with specialized knowledge of a specific waterway, responsible for guiding ships through complex or unfamiliar routes. In the context of the video, the role of the marine pilot is significant as it relates to the safety of navigation in the Baltimore area and the potential causes of the bridge collision.

๐Ÿ’กInvestigation

An investigation is a systematic process of examining an incident or occurrence to determine its causes, involved parties, and any potential wrongdoing. In the video, the investigation is crucial for understanding how the bridge collapse occurred and for preventing future incidents.

๐Ÿ’กInfrastructure

Infrastructure refers to the physical and organizational structures, such as roads, bridges, and other facilities, that are essential to the operation of a society or economy. The video highlights the importance of infrastructure, particularly bridges, in facilitating transportation and the significant impact when such infrastructure fails.

๐Ÿ’กEmergency Response

Emergency response refers to the immediate actions taken to address urgent situations, such as accidents or disasters, to protect lives, property, and the environment. In the video, the emergency response is a key focus, demonstrating the coordinated efforts of various agencies to manage the crisis and assist potential victims.

๐Ÿ’กNavigation Safety

Navigation safety involves the practices and measures taken to prevent accidents or harm during the operation of a vessel. This includes adherence to regulations, proper training of crew, and the use of navigational aids. In the video, navigation safety is a critical theme, as the incident underscores the potential risks associated with maritime traffic and the need for strict safety protocols.

๐Ÿ’กTransportation Disruptions

Transportation disruptions refer to interruptions or blockages in the normal flow of traffic or transport services, which can have significant economic and social impacts. In the video, the bridge collapse results in major transportation disruptions, affecting not only local travel but also broader regional and national transportation networks.

Highlights

Survivability in cold water after 5-6 hours may be very challenging.

A stunning bridge collapse at the Port of Baltimore due to a cargo ship collision.

The entire bridge fell into the harbor overnight.

Smoke was observed coming from the ship before the collision with the bridge.

The bridge was a major artery, and its collapse occurred during early morning hours.

Cars were crossing the bridge moments before the collision.

Fire department and Coast Guard rushed to the scene for an active search and rescue operation.

Sonar detected the presence of submerged vehicles in the water.

The cargo ship, a 950-container vessel, collided with a bridge pillar and lost power.

All crew members, including the two pilots, have been accounted for.

Rescue teams continue to search for survivors as the weather is very cold.

Survivability in 32-degree water with a flotation device might be up to an hour.

The incident occurred near a critical north/south corridor on the east coast, affecting traffic and port operations.

The investigation will focus on the ship's control and the bridge's vulnerability to such a collision.

The local marine pilot's role in navigating complex waters is being questioned.

The bridge's structural integrity and safety standards are under scrutiny.

The impact on the Port of Baltimore, one of the busiest in the country, is significant.

The incident has raised concerns about the safety of similar structures in the area.

Transcripts

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SURVIVABILITY IN THAT WATER

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AFTER FIVE PLUS, MAYBE SIX HOURS

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IN THE WATER MAY BE VERY

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CHALLENGING INDEED.

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THIS MORNING, A STUNNING BRIDGE

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COLLAPSE AT THE PORT OF

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BALTIMORE.

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>> THE ENTIRE BRIDGE IS IN THE

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HARBOR.

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>> Reporter: THE BRIDGE PLUNGING

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INTO THE WATER OVERNIGHT AFTER

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IT WAS HIT BY A CARGO SHIP.

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>> THE SHIP HIT THE KEY BRIDGE,

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SINKING.

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THE BRIDGE IS GONE.

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HOLY HELD.

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>> Reporter: VIDEO SHOWS SMOKE

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COMING FROM THE SHIP BEFORE IT

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HIT THE BRIDGE.

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THE BRIDGE IS NORMALLY A MAJOR

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ARTERY.

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THOUGH THE COLLAPSE HAPPENED IN

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THE EARLY MORNING HOURS, 1:30

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A.M., VIDEO SHOWS CARS CROSSING

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MOMENTS BEFORE THE SHIP HITS.

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THE TRAFFIC THEN PAUSED, BUT

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VEHICLES WERE STILL ON THE

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BRIDGE AS IT CRUMBLED INTO THE

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WATER.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT AND COAST GUARD

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SCENES RUSHED TO THE SCENE.

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RESCUERS SEARCHING THE WATER

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OVERNIGHT.

00:58

>> STILL VERY MUCH IN AN ACTIVE

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SEARCH AND RESCUE POSTURE.

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OUR SONAR HAS DETECTED THE

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PRESENCE OF VEHICLES SUBMERGED

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IN THE WATER.

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>> Reporter: THE SHIP HAS A 950

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CONTAINER VESSEL.

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THE MARINE CORPORATION SAYING IT

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COLLIDED WITH A BRIDGE PILLAR

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AND ALL OF ITS CREW MEMBERS,

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INCLUDING THE TWO PILOTS, HAVE

01:20

BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR.

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THE SHIP REPORTEDLY LOST POWER

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WHILE IN THE WATER.

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THIS MORNING WITH THE SUNRISING,

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RESCUE TEAMS CONTINUE LOOKING

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FOR ANY SURVIVORS IN THE AREA AS

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THE BALTIMORE AREA REELS FROM A

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MAJOR COLLAPSE.

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>> WE KNOW THAT VEHICLES WERE IN

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THE WATER AS THE OFFICIAL

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POINTED OUT.

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THE WEATHER IS VERY COLD.

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IF THERE ARE SURVIVORS STILL IN

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THE WATER, HOW LONG CAN THEY

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SAFELY REMAIN IN THOSE COLD

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TEMPS?

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>> Reporter: YEAH.

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40, 45 DEGREES ON THE WATER.

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32 DEGREES WHERE WE ARE.

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WE CHECKED WITH THE UNIVERSITY

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OF MIN DULUTH.

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AFTER 7 MINUTES YOU START TO

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HAVE EXHAUSTION AND THEN YOU MAY

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HAVE, IF YOU ARE LUCKY, IF YOU

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HAVE A FLOTATION DEVICE, IF YOU

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HAVE GOT THE RIGHT GEAR, YOU MAY

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BE ABLE TO SURVIVE FOR AN HOUR.

02:12

WE ARE NOW SIX HOURS INTO THIS

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EPISODE.

02:14

THE SURVIVABILITY IS REALLY

02:17

POTENTIALLY VERY, VERY

02:17

CHALLENGING.

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BUT OVERHEAD, HELICOPTERS

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CONTINUE TO SEARCH THE WATER FOR

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ANY SIGNS OF SURVIVORS.

02:24

AND THIS IS AN ALL HANDS ON DECK

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EFFORT IN TERMS OF BALTIMORE AND

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MARYLAND STATE AUTHORITIES AND

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SURROUNDING COUNTIES ALL SENDING

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MASS RESOURCES INTO THIS AREA,

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TRYING TO FIND ANYBODY WHO MIGHT

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BE IN THE WATER.

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>> LET'S TALK, TOM, IF WE COULD

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ABOUT THIS CARGO SHIP.

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EARLIER, YOU AND I WERE ON THE

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AIR.

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WE COULDN'T MAKE OUT IF THE SHIP

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WAS STILL AFLOAT.

02:47

WE NOW SEE THAT IT IS.

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THE CREW REMAINS ON THE SHIP,

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INCLUDING PRESUMABLY THE PILOT

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OF THIS VESSEL.

02:54

WHAT IS THE INVESTIGATION GOING

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TO LOOK LIKE NOW?

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AS I UNDERSTAND IT, BY LAW, YOU

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HAVE TO, IF YOU ARE TRAVELING

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THESE VERY COMPLEX WATERS IN AND

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AROUND THE BALTIMORE AREA AND

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CHESAPEAKE BAY, YOU HAVE TO HAVE

03:08

A LOCAL MARINE PILOT ON BECAUSE

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IT IS SO COMPLEX.

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WE CAN ROLL THE VIDEO, TOM.

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IN THE MOMENTS BEFORE IT HITS

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THIS STRUCTURE, THIS KEY PART OF

03:18

THE PILE LON OF THE BRIDGE'S

03:20

STRUCTURE, THE SHIP LOOKS DARK.

03:22

IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S LOST POWER.

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>> Reporter: YES.

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AND THERE WAS ONE REPORT THAT IT

03:28

HAD, IN FACT, LOST POWER.

03:30

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF SAY

03:32

THEY WILL NOT PUT PEOPLE ONBOARD

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THAT SHIP UNTIL THEY DO A FULL

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DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TO DETERMINE

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HOW SAFE IT IS.

03:38

AND THEN THEY HAVE GOT TO

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EVACUATE THE CREW AND DETERMINE

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HOW SEAWORTHY THE SHIP IS.

03:43

HOWEVER, AT THE MOMENT, IT SEEMS

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TO BE FINE.

03:46

THE NTSB WILL BE RUNNING THE

03:48

INVESTIGATION INTO HOW THIS

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HAPPENED.

03:50

BUT I MUST SAY THE LOCALS HERE

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ARE STUNNED THAT THIS SHIP

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WOULD, FIRST OF ALL, CRASH INTO

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ONE OF THESE PILE-ONES.

03:59

AGAIN, WE DON'T KNOW IF THEY HAD

04:00

CONTROL OF THE SHIP.

04:02

AND SECONDLY, STUNNED THAT THE

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BRIDGE WOULD BE SO VULNERABLE TO

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COLLAPSE WITH THE SHIP HANGING A

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PILE-ON.

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I WOULD MAKE THE POINT WE ARE

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RIGHT UP AGAINST, VERY CLOSE TO

04:20

I-95, THAT CRITICAL NORTH/SOUTH

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CORRIDOR ON THE EAST COAST.

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I95 IS OPEN.

04:25

695, HOWEVER, IS CLOSED.

04:27

SO IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO COME

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UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST, BE

04:31

AWARE THAT THE AREA AROUND

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BALTIMORE IS GOING TO BE REALLY,

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REALLY TRYING AND PROBLEMATIC

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JUST IN TERMS OF TRAFFIC.

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AND THE PORT OF BALTIMORE

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ITSELF, ONE OF THE BUSIEST IN

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THE COUNTRY, WILL BE REELING

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FROM THIS AND TRYING TO

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DETERMINE HOW SAFE IT IS TO MOVE

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TRAFFIC IN AND OUT.

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>> THE SUN IS COMING UP, TOM.