Baltimore bridge collapse warnings issued years ago

A maritime safety committee spent two decades warning of the possibility of a catastrophic “collapse” of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, adding that it was “not designed to withstand collisions from large vessels.”

Warnings from the committee, which included experts from key government agencies, largely fell on deaf ears, a new report claimed Thursday.

The collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge lay on top of the container ship Dali, Monday, April 15, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

A ship could lose power “in close vicinity to a bridge,” and an out-of-control vessel could cause “a bridge collapse,” were some of the warnings in previously unreported records obtained by the Washington Post

The Dali, a massive cargo ship heading to Sri Lanka, left the Port of Baltimore early on March 26 when it lost power and
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