Bridge in Baltimore: the boat suffered two breakdowns before the impact

Bridge in Baltimore: the boat suffered two breakdowns before the impact
Bridge in Baltimore: the boat suffered two breakdowns before the impact

The container ship that caused the Baltimore bridge collapse in late March suffered two electrical outages just before impact, according to a preliminary report. It had also been affected by two other electrical outages the day before in the port.

The American Transportation Safety Agency (NTSB) ‘is still investigating the electrical configuration after the first damage in the port and its possible consequences on the events occurring at the time of the accident’, adds the report published Tuesday.

The crew of the Dali, which was leaving the port of Baltimore, on the east coast of the United States, bound for Sri Lanka, had managed to appeal for help to the authorities just before the tragedy, which allowed them to to cut off part of the road traffic on the structure.

According to the report, the crew was subjected to multiple drug and alcohol tests before and after the disaster. All tested negative.

Like a house of cards

On March 26, the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed in seconds like a house of cards after being hit by the Dali, which flies the Singaporean flag.

Six workers carrying out repair work on the bridge, all Latin American immigrants, died. The last body was only found last week. The authorities destroyed a piece of the structure with explosives on Monday in order to free the embedded container ship.

The bridge was an important highway axis for the northeastern United States, connecting the capital Washington and New York. Maritime transport in one of the country’s busiest ports had been blocked.

A temporary navigation corridor was opened, in particular to allow the passage of vessels carrying out clearing operations.

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