Baltimore bridge being cut up after ship collision

Baltimore bridge being cut up after ship collision

The crumpled Baltimore bridge was being cut up in preparation for its removal, Maryland’s governor said Sunday, promising “progress” was being made after it was destroyed by an out-of-control ship.

Demolition crews using blow torches sliced through the top part of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed when the Dali cargo vessel lost power and struck it on Tuesday, killing six people.

“Progress is beginning to happen despite the fact that it’s an incredibly complicated situation,” said Maryland Governor Wes Moore, adding that weather conditions and debris in the water meant divers were unable to assist with the recovery operation.

“We now do have cranes, the Chesapeake 1,000, which has a capacity of lifting a thousand pounds,” Moore told CNN on Sunday.

“(Workers have) begun to cut up the remnants of the bridge that we can then prepare for removal.”

Video footage shared Saturday by the Unified Command — the overall response team that includes the US Coast Guard — showed sparks flying as crews suspended in cages cut through an upper section of the steel structure.

The Unified Command said the wreckage will lifted away and processed at a Baltimore shipping site before being taken to a disposal site. 

Moore said the recovery would be a “long road,” adding: “This is a very complex operation, but movement is happening.”

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