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Satellite images showing Baltimore bridge before and after collapse are released

Satellite images showing Baltimore bridge before and after collapse are released

Chunks of the container ship and bridge can be seen in the surrounding water.

Probably one of the biggest headlines spreading the news earlier this week was the collapse of the Baltimore bridge.

The terrifying event happened at 1:30 am local US time in the Maryland state on Tuesday, March 26.

A cargo ship lost power and struck one of the bridge’s pillars, immediately destroying the 1.5 mile (2.4km)-long bridge. The impact sent vehicles crossing the bridge and eight workers into the Patapsco River.

The northern component of the Baltimore bridge was the last section to collapse, resulting in a tragic end to the 47-year-old bridge.

KTVN 2 News has shared the newly released images of the event from above, captioned: 'Maxar Technologies just released these satellite views of the bridge collapse in Baltimore. The NTSB is now on scene investigating.'

For comparison, the Francis Scott Key Bridge from May 2023 is also shown, pre-collision.

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2024 Maxar Technologies

Following the incident, the images show the container ship wedged between two parts of the broken bridge.

The pictures also show the ongoing search operations around the crash site. Chunks of the Singapore-flagged ship and the bridge can be seen in in the surrounding waters.

The bridge consisted of four lanes of traffic and served as a vital section of Interstate 695, with over 11 million people crossing it each year.

Currently, two people have been rescued whilst six are still missing and presumed dead, as the US Coast Guard confirmed it had suspended its search and rescue efforts.

No injuries were reported from the cargo ship.

Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath explained: 'I’d like to announce tonight that based on the length of time that we’ve gone in this search, the extensive search efforts we’ve put into it, the water temperature, that at this point we do not believe that we’re going to find any of these individuals still alive.

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2024 Maxar Technologies

'We are going to suspend the active search and rescue efforts. Coast Guard’s not going away, none of our partners are going away, but we’re just going to transition to a different phase.'

Construction workers had been fixing potholes on the bridge at the time for Brawner Builders.

According to the Guatemalan consulate, two of the men were from Guatemala and another was a 40-year-old father of three from El Salvador. All of whom were immigrants to the US.

Officials are now focusing on finding the bodies of the six construction workers still missing after the collision.

On the morning of 27 March, a team of divers began its search for missing bodies in the river.

Featured Image Credit: 2024 Maxar Technologies