Baltimore Key Bridge collapse updates: Two bodies found during recovery mission for missing workers


Moment bridge in Baltimore collapses after ship collision

The bodies of two men were pulled from the Patapsco River as officials announced that they would cease recovery operations, citing safety concerns for divers and an inability to reach the additional vehicles that might be trapped within the structure of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed on Tuesday.

The men have been identified as Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35 of Baltimore and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26 of Dundalk. Mr Fuentes was from Mexico and Mr Cabrera is from Guatemala.

A search and rescue mission for the six missing men, all construction workers, was called off on Tuesday night when Coast Guard Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath said there was no hope of finding them alive due to the frigid water and the length of time since the accident. It switched to a recovery effort on Wendesday morning.

Officials say they do not have a timeline regarding when the bridge might be reopened, inciting fears over the economic and trade disruption caused by the tragedy.

The bridge had long been a critical link for trucking and motor vehicles linking Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. The Port of Baltimore provides around 8,000 jobs for area residents.

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Watch: Man reversed car off Baltimore Key Bridge seconds before it collapsed

Man reversed car off Baltimore Key Bridge seconds before it collapsed

Mike Bedigan28 March 2024 03:30

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Central American and Mexican families mourn missing workers

The construction workers who went missing in the Baltimore bridge collapse all hailed from Mexico or Central America before they settled in the Maryland area.

Police managed to close bridge traffic seconds before a cargo ship slammed into one of the Francis Scott Key Bridge’s supports early Tuesday, causing the span to fall into the frigid Patapsco River. There wasn’t time for a maintenance crew filling potholes on the span to get to safety.

The governments of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras confirmed that their citizens were among the missing.

Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, 39, was the youngest of eight siblings from Azacualpa, a rural mountainous area in northwestern Honduras along the border with Guatemala.

Arpan Rai28 March 2024 03:16

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Maryland State Police suspend recovery effort, citing dangerous conditions in water

Maryland State Police Secretary Colonel Roland L Butler Jr said that the mission has now transitioned into a salvage effort, citing dangerous concerns around the area where the remaining vehicles and bodies are located. Mr Butler said that the search stopped around 4pm.

The remaining area was encased by the structure. No additional vehicles are in the water, Maryland Governor Wes Moore said.

“Based upon the conditions we’re now moving from a recovery mode to a salvage operation because of the super structure surrounding the vehicles and the amount of concrete and debris, divers are no longer able to safely navigate or operate around that”, Mr Butler said. “Divers are no longer able able to safely navigate or operate around that. We’ve exhausted all search efforts”.

Still, he said, once the debris has been recovered, divers would continue searching for the bodies to bring the families of the victims closure.

Mike Bedigan28 March 2024 03:00

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Structural engineer explains how long it will take to rebuild Baltimore Key Bridge

Rebuidling the Baltimore Key Bridge after its collapse is “not a small feat” and will take “years”, a professor of structural engineering has said.

Professor Leroy Gardner told Sky News: “Phase one is the search and rescue. They will then be looking to clear the route for ships to use the port.

“Designing a new structure is not a small feat. It is a big structure and not many teams can design that sort of thing.

Six construction workers who were on the bridge as it tumbled into the water are presumed dead.

The incident happened after a cargo ship crashed into the structure in the early hours of Tuesday morning (26 March).

Structural engineer explains how long it will take to rebuild Baltimore Key Bridge

Rebuidling the Baltimore Key Bridge after its collapse is “not a small feat” and will take “years”, a professor of structural engineering has said. Professor Leroy Gardner told Sky News: “Phase one is the search and rescue. They will then be looking to clear the route for ships to use the port. “Designing a new structure is not a small feat. It is a big structure and not many teams can design that sort of thing. Six construction workers who were on the bridge as it tumbled into the water are presumed dead. The incident happened after a cargo ship crashed into the structure in the early hours of Tuesday morning (26 March).

Arpan Rai28 March 2024 02:59

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In pictures: Francis Scott Key bridge collapse aftermath

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Mike Bedigan28 March 2024 02:00

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Recap: Everything we know about the Baltimore Key Bridge collapse

Rescuers have suspended the search for six individuals who are presumed dead after falling into the water after a container ship collided with Baltimore’s Key Bridge.

Two survivors have so far been pulled from the river. One was transported to a trauma unit and is in a serious condition, while the other had not reportedly suffered any injuries.

Here’s a recap of what we know so far::

Mike Bedigan28 March 2024 01:20

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Family reunions must be ‘main focus’

Jennifer Homendy said that the primary focus of the NTSB’s investigation was currently to reunite families with their loved ones following the Francis Scott Key bridge collapse.

“Everybody is focused on the right thing which is reuniting families with their loved ones,” she told a press conference on Wednesday. “That has to be our main focus, everything else in the investigation can wait.

“Certainly we are doing what we can do, but that is everyone’s focus right now.”

(National Transportation Safety Board/YouTube)

Mike Bedigan28 March 2024 01:00

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Dali container ship has power but unable to move

Jennifer Homendy confirmed that the Dali container ship currently has power.

“They are not sitting in the dark, but it cannot move,” she told a Wednesday press conference.

Mike Bedigan28 March 2024 00:56

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Scene of crash is one of ‘utter devastation’

Asked about the condition of the Dali containter ship, Jennifer Homendy said: “It is pretty devastating certainly, seeing not just what is going on with cargo containers but looking at what was three bridge spans that are pretty much gone.

”It is utter devastation and when I look at something like that i am thinking not about the container ships or traffic getting backed up and running on the bridge, I am thinking of the families who have lost loved ones and the families waiting to reiunite with loved ones and what they must be going through.”

Mike Bedigan28 March 2024 00:50

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Interviews with ship’s two pilots scheduled for Thursday

Interviews conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) with the two pilots of the Dali container ship are scheduled for Thursday.

Jennifer Homendy, NTSB chair said that an interview with the ship’s captain had taken place on Wednesday, along with the mate, chief engineer and one of the other engineers.

She added that the interviews were “currently ongoing” and that NTSB team members were still on the vessel when she Wednesday’s press conference had begun.

Mike Bedigan28 March 2024 00:45



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