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Mass casualty as Baltimore Key Bridge collapses

The Key Bridge in the US city of Baltimore has entirely collapsed into the Patapsco River after being hit by a container ship.

The bridge was struck by the Singapore-flagged Dali container ship, according to ship tracking data.

The vessel is 300m long and was on its way to Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Up to 20 people and several vehicles have fallen into the river, says Baltimore City Fire Department who are currently at the scene.

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The fire department says a large vessel hit a column of the Francis Scott Key Bridge at around 01:30 ET (05:30 GMT).

Videos on social media appear to show the bridge entirely descending into the water.

A number of casualties have been reported and there is now a large multi-agency rescue and recovery operation under way.

As many as 20 workers are believed to have fallen into the Patapsco River following the Francis Scott Key bridge collapse, says Baltimore City Fire Department communications chief.

He says the situation is likely to change as more details emerge.

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