Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore Collapses

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Maryland collapsed on March 26 after a large container ship lost power and rammed into one of its pillars. The collapse sent at least 15 cars into the water, and authorities are searching for six missing people.

At 1:28 a.m., the Singapore-flagged Dali crashed into one of the bridge’s support pillars, causing nearly the entire structure to fall into the water in a matter of seconds. “It looked like something out of an action movie,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said, calling it “an unthinkable tragedy.”

Devastating effects: All ship traffic at the port of Baltimore has been halted indefinitely, which will have lasting economic effects.

  • The port is the second-largest seaport in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • It handled more than $80 billion in imports and exports in 2023, a 20-year record.
  • It is also America’s busiest port for car imports, with 750,000 arriving there every year.

It’s going to have an impact. We’ll have to divert parts to other ports.
—John Lawler, Ford chief financial officer

The collapse is also expected to impact food supplies since significant quantities of agricultural machinery, fertilizers, salt and sugar were handled by the port.

Economic troubles: Expect more frequent and more intense blows to the United States economy. The Bible prophesies that God will allow economic curses to befall the modern nations of Israel–mainly America and Britain—because of their refusal to turn to Him.

To learn more, read our Trends article “Why the Trumpet Watches America’s Economic Collapse.”