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Haunting video shows wreckage of Baltimore bridge collapse as six missing construction workers presumed dead

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CHILLING footage shows the trail of destruction left in the wake of the horror Baltimore bridge collapse.

Six construction workers are presumed dead after plunging into icy water when a cargo ship smashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

New footage shows the remains of the Francis Scott Key Bridge following its collapse in Maryland on Tuesday morning

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New footage shows the remains of the Francis Scott Key Bridge following its collapse in Maryland on Tuesday morningCredit: PA:Press Association
It shows mangled parts of the crossing sticking out the water

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It shows mangled parts of the crossing sticking out the waterCredit: Reuters
Images show where the ship struck the bridge

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Images show where the ship struck the bridgeCredit: PA:Press Association

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The ship lost power and rammed into the major bridge early on Tuesday.

In a matter of seconds, the entire crossing collapsed into the river and at least six workers filling potholes on the bridge plummeted into the Patapsco River.

Rescue crews launched a frantic search for those missing – but the efforts were suspended until Wednesday morning.

Devastating footage has now laid bare the scale of destruction left.

Aerial shots show the scope of the scene – with mangled pieces of the bridge seen sticking out from the water.

Around two minutes into the video, the camera pans to the point of impact.

The MV Dali, a Singapore-registered container ship, sits on the water as debris shows the twisted metal from the crash.

Just moments before smashing into the bridge, the ship’s crew issued a mayday call.

The desperate move could have saved lives as authorities were able to limit vehicle traffic on the span, Maryland’s governor said.

As the vessel neared the bridge, puffs of black smoke could be seen as lights flickered on and off.

Inside horror cargo ship smash into Baltimore bridge as desperate hunt continues for missing six

It then struck one of the bridge’s supports, causing the structure to give way.

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said: “With the ship barreling toward the bridge at a very, very rapid speed, authorities had just enough time to stop cars from coming over the bridge.

“These people are heroes. They saved lives last night.”

The search for those missing has now transitioned into a recovery mission rather than rescue,  Col. Roland L. Butler Jr., superintendent for Maryland State Police, announced.

He said divers would return to the site at 6am on Wednesday, when challenging overnight conditions were expected to have improved.

Authorities said based on the amount of time that’s passed since the bridge collapsed and the freezing water temperatures, it is unlikely any of those missing will be found alive.

No bodies have been recovered, Butler said.

He added: “At this point, we do not know where they are.

‘UNTHINKABLE TRAGEDY’

“but we intend to give it our best effort to help these families find closure.”

Rescuers pulled two people out of the water, one of whom was treated at a hospital and discharged hours later.

Multiple vehicles also went into the river, although authorities did not believe anyone was inside.

The crash happened in the middle of the night, long before the busy morning commute on the bridge that stretches 2.6km and was used by 12 million vehicles last year.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott described the incident as an “unthinkable tragedy”.

He said: “Never did you think you would see the Key Bridge tumble down like that. It looked like something out of a movie. Our focus should be the preservation of life.”

Mayor Scott said a preliminary investigation suggested the collision was an accident.

The FBI has ruled out the incident was linked to a terror attack.

The ship’s management company, Synergy Marine Pte Ltd, said the crew onboard dropped its anchor before impact as part of their emergency efforts to avoid the collision.

Footage shows where the ship hit

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Footage shows where the ship hitCredit: AsiaWire
The aftermath of the disaster on Tuesday morning

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The aftermath of the disaster on Tuesday morningCredit: Getty
The Dali cargo ship appeared to have a total blackout moments before it struck the bridge

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The Dali cargo ship appeared to have a total blackout moments before it struck the bridgeCredit: X/YWNReporter
Smoke could be seen billowing from the vessel as it slowly turned and headed into the bridge's support beam

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Smoke could be seen billowing from the vessel as it slowly turned and headed into the bridge’s support beamCredit: X/YWNReporter
The vessel then slammed into the bridge, breaking it apart

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The vessel then slammed into the bridge, breaking it apartCredit: Twitter
The horror was on full display as the sun rose over Maryland

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The horror was on full display as the sun rose over MarylandCredit: EPA
The bridge pictured on March 24 just two days before it collapsed

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The bridge pictured on March 24 just two days before it collapsed

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