Two people pulled from water, rescuers say in update on Baltimore bridge collapse disaster

First responders were able to pull two people from the water after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed in Maryland Tuesday morning.

Baltimore Fire Chief James Wallace told reporters one was in serious condition and the other was not seriously injured. 

Wallace said authorities “may be looking for upwards of seven people” but he said that number could change.

The bridge collapsed after a cargo ship appeared to crash into one of the supports, according to a video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. The ship caught fire, and thick, black smoke billowed out of it.

Kevin Cartwright, director of communications for the Baltimore Fire Department, described the disaster as a "dire emergency." He told the Associated Press it was too early to say how many people were affected but called the collapse a "developing mass casualty event." 

Wallace said there are multiple air assets, the Baltimore Police Department, and multiple marine assets responding to the scene to conduct rescue operations. 

"We are still very much in active search and rescue at this point," Wallace said. 

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