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No 'Credible Evidence of a Terrorist Attack,' Says Maryland Gov. at Site of Baltimore Bridge Collapse

No 'Credible Evidence of a Terrorist Attack,' Says Maryland Gov. at Site of Baltimore Bridge Collapse

Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed early Tuesday morning after it was struck by a container ship that had apparently lost power, authorities say

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  • Terrorism is not thought to be involved in the Baltimore bridge collapse, authorities said

  • "We are still investigating what happened but we are quickly gathering details,” Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said at a press conference Tuesday morning

  • Six people who were part of a construction crew on the bridge are currently unaccounted for, authorities said

A preliminary investigation into the Baltimore bridge collapse has revealed no evidence of terrorism, authorities said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

“We are still investigating what happened but we are quickly gathering details,” Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said. “We haven’t seen any credible evidence of a terrorist attack.”

Bill DelBagno, FBI Special Agent in charge of the Baltimore Field Office, also emphasized that terrorism is not thought to be involved.

“I want to be clear that there is no specific or credible information to suggest that there are ties to terrorism in this incident,” DelBagno said.

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The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed into the Patapsco River at approximately 1:30 a.m. after it was struck by the Singapore-flagged container ship Dali, which sent several vehicles into the river, according to multiple outlets.

Baltimore City Fire Department spokesperson Kevin Cartwright initially told CNN that the collapse was a "mass casualty multi-agency incident.”

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The U.S. Coast Guard were still actively searching for survivors as of 10 a.m. local time, a spokesman said.

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Authorities believe six people are unaccounted for, including members of a construction crew.

The Dali, about 985 feet long and 157 feet wide, was leaving the harbor on a 27-day voyage to Sri Lanka, The New York Times reported.

Related: Rescuers Searching for Multiple People amid Baltimore Bridge Collapse: 'An Unthinkable Tragedy' 

The ship had notified harbor authorities that it was experiencing a power issue and Baltimore officials then moved to close the bridge to traffic in the moments before the accident, officials said at the press conference.

Gov. Moore said his administration is “working closely with leaders from all levels of government” to address the tragedy and its aftermath.

“We are Maryland tough, and we are Baltimore strong,” Moore said.

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