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Hero workers stopped cars from crossing Francis Scott Key Bridge moments before collapse

A container ship rests against wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, as seen from Pasadena, Md. The ship rammed into the major bridge in Baltimore early Tuesday, causing it to collapse in a matter of seconds and creating a terrifying scene as several vehicles plunged into the chilly river below. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Heroic workers were able to stop additional vehicles from crossing the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the moments before a container ship smashed into it and sent its steel frame crumbling into the Baltimore river, officials revealed.

“The ship issued a mayday loss of power,” Gov. Wes Moore told reporters Tuesday morning.

“The workers on the bridge halted traffic right before impact,” he said. “They saved lives in a very, very heroic way.”

Multiple construction workers were on the bridge at the time of the collapse.

They were doing repairs that were not related to the structure of the bridge, according to authorities.

Videos show power on the ship flickering off, and then on again, shortly before the crash at around 1:30 a.m.

The MV Dali, a Singapore-flagged container ship, had apparently “lost propulsion” as it was leaving port, at which time crew members warned officials of a possible collision, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency obtained by ABC News.

“The vessel notified Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) that they had lost control of the vessel and an allision with the bridge was possible,” the report said.

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“The vessel struck the bridge, causing a complete collapse.”

Horrifying footage showed the bridge — a major thoroughfare of Baltimore —breaking apart and sending several vehicles into the frigid Patapsco River early Tuesday morning

The ship also caught fire, sending thick, black smoke billowing across the busy harbor.

At least six people remain unaccounted for in the aftermath.

The ship also caught fire, sending thick, black smoke billowing across the busy harbor.

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Two people were pulled from the river by rescuers. One did not need medical attention, but the other is in critical condition, officials said.

Two local pilots were steering ship at the time. The ship was crewed by 22 Indian nationals. All have been accounted for and there are no reports of any injuries, Singapore-based Synergy Marine Group — the company operating the vessel said.

The company said it is investigating the cause of the disaster and cooperating with authorities.

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