Francis Scott Key and other major US bridge collapses caused by ships and barges

(AP) – A container ship struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore early Tuesday, causing it to fall into the river below. Search and rescue teams immediately launched efforts to locate survivors who may have plunged into the water during the collapse, with one official indicating there may be "upwards of seven people" unaccounted for.

The incident marks the latest in a series of similarly tragic bridge collapses, some of which occurred in the U.S. in recent decades.

From 1960 to 2015, there have been 35 major bridge collapses worldwide due to ship or barge collision, with a total of 342 people killed, according to a 2018 report from the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. Eighteen of those collapses happened in the United States.

What to know about the Francis Scott Key Bridge

A list of notable U.S. disasters involving ships or barges hitting bridges is below:

Popp's Ferry Bridge

March 20, 2009: A vessel pushing eight barges rammed into the Popp's Ferry Bridge in Biloxi, Mississippi, resulting in a 150-foot section of the bridge collapsing into the bay.

Queen Isabella Causeway: 8 dead

Sept. 15, 2001: A tugboat and barge struck the Queen Isabella Causeway in Port Isabel, Texas, causing a midsection of the bridge to tumble 80 feet into the bay below. Eight people died after motorists drove into the hole.

A section of the Queen Isabella Causeway is shown missing as crews break from their search and rescue due to a storm in Port Isabella, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Eads Bridge: 50 injured

April 14, 1998: The Anne Holly tow traveling through the St. Louis Harbor rammed into the center span of the Eads Bridge. Eight barges broke away. Three of them hit a permanently moored gambling vessel below the bridge. Fifty people suffered minor injuries.

Big Bayou Canot: 47 dead

Sept. 22, 1993: Barges being pushed by a towboat in dense fog hit and displaced the Big Bayou Canot railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama. Minutes later, an Amtrak train with 220 people aboard reached the displaced bridge and derailed, killing 47 people and injuring 103 people.

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Seeber Bridge: 1 dead

May 28, 1993: The towboat Chris, pushing the empty hopper barge DM3021, hit a support tier of the Judge William Seeber Bridge in New Orleans. Two spans and the two-column bent collapsed onto the barge. Two cars carrying three people fell with the four-lane bridge deck into a canal. One person died and two people were seriously injured.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge: 35 dead

May 9, 1980: The 609-foot freighter Summit Venture was navigating through the narrow, winding shipping channel of Florida’s Tampa Bay when a sudden, blinding squall knocked out the ship’s radar.

A car is halted at the edge of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay, Florida, after the freighter Summit Venture struck the bridge during a thunderstorm and tore away a large part of the span, May 9 1980. (AP Photo/Jackie Green, File)

The ship sheared off a support of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, dropping a 1,400-foot section of concrete roadway during the morning rush hour. Seven vehicles, including a bus with 26 aboard, fell 150 feet into the water. Thirty-five people died.

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