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The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is sending more than 1,100 people to Baltimore, Maryland after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed into the Patapsco River early Tuesday.

According to the Army, the personnel will be tasked with helping remove bridge debris from the river and also work to establish a safe corridor that will allow the movement of commercial cargo again. The Army will use the vessel “Reynolds” to help in the removal effort.


According to the Army, the USACE’s Baltimore District has opened its Emergency Operations Center to facilitate the involvement of a team of engineering, construction, contracting, and operations experts. These specialists are tasked with supporting local, state, and federal agencies in the efforts to clear and manage the aftermath of the fallen structure.

This comes after the Dali, a cargo ship, struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The ship is managed by Synergy Marine Group and owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd of Singapore. This collapse also resulted in six construction workers who were working on the bridge dying.

At the present moment, investigators believe the ship had a loss of propulsion, which resulted in the ship striking the bridge.


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