1,100 Army Corps of Engineers Personnel to Help Clear Debris in Baltimore Bridge Collapse

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is deploying some 1,100 personnel to Baltimore, Maryland, following Tuesday's collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge into the Patapsco River, according to a press release from the service.

The collapse, caused by a cargo ship colliding with the bridge, killed six construction workers who had been filling potholes on the span. In addition to the human toll, the economic impact will likely be enormous and felt for years, reverberating across supply chains and the economy. The Port of Baltimore is key for importing cars and food products, as well as exporting coal.

Last year, the port saw nearly 850,000 car and truck imports, according to Maryland state data, marking it a top port for the auto industry. It's also the home to more than 15,000 jobs.
Francis Scott Key Bridge by Jeff Covey is licensed under Flickr Flickr

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