Updated Mar 26, 2024 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Baltimore bridge collapses after cargo ship collision

The Dali container vessel after striking the Francis Scott Key Bridge

The Dali container ship and wreckage from the Francis Scott Key Bridge along the Patapsco River in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 26. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Search and rescue efforts were halted Tuesday evening for six people presumed to be dead after a container ship collision caused a major bridge in Baltimore to collapse earlier in the morning.

The big picture: Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (D) declared a state of emergency following the incident. Video captured the moment the large cargo vessel slammed into a support column at 1:28 am ET, causing the entire span to fall into the water below.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard patrol near the cargo ship Dali as it sits in the water after running into and collapsing the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard before the search for the missing construction workers was called off patrol near the cargo ship Dali following the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
The cargo ship Dali sits in the water after running into and collapsing the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to reports, rescuers are still searching for multiple people, while two survivors have been pulled from the Patapsco River. A work crew was fixing potholes on the bridge, which is used by roughly 30,000 people each day, when the ship struck at around 1:30am on Tuesday morning. The accident has temporarily closed the Port of Baltimore, one of the largest and busiest on the East Coast of the U.S. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
The cargo ship Dali sits in the water after running into and collapsing the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
The Dali container vessel after striking the Francis Scott Key Bridge that collapsed into the Patapsco River in Baltimore
Part of the bridge's steel frame landed atop the container ship after the collision. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The steel frame of the Francis Scott Key Bridge sits on top of a container ship
Large sections of the 1.6-mile bridge are visible in the Patapsco River on Tuesday morning. Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images
Baltimore Fire Department Chief James Wallace speaks at a press conference
Baltimore Fire Department Chief James Wallace speaks at a press conference about the ongoing search and rescue efforts on Tuesday, March 26. Two people had already been pulled from the water, he said. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
Helicopter flies past collapsed BAltimore bridge
A helicopter flies near the site of the bridge collapse. Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images
The steel frame of the Francis Scott Key Bridge sit on top of a container ship after the bridge collapsed in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 26
A close up shows stacks of containers toppled on the cargo ship's deck after the bridge crashed down following the collision. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more photos and with details on the search for the missing construction workers being called off.

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