Baltimore Key Bridge collapse updates: Bodies of two victims recovered as disaster timeline revealed
Baltimore Key Bridge collapse updates: Bodies of two victims recovered as disaster timeline revealed

Baltimore’s Moment Bridge collapses after ship collision

The first two bodies were pulled from the Patapsco River after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore as officials suspended recovery operations, citing concerns for the safety of divers and an inability to reach vehicles still trapped in the submerged remains of the structure.

The men have been identified as Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26.

Six men – all construction workers employed to repair the holes in the bridge when Did cargo container ship collided with one of its supports and overturned it in the early hours of Tuesday morning – have been missing since the disaster.

The rescue operation was called off Tuesday evening as Coast Guard Rear Admiral Shannon Gireath said there was no hope the men would be found alive due to the cold water and length of time since the incident.

Her organization switched to recovery efforts Wednesday morning.

Officials say they do not know when the bridge or port will reopen, raising fears of trade disruption likely to result from the tragedy.

Baltimore’s busy port employs 8,000 area residents, generating $2 million a day in wages.

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Watch: Baltimore Key Bridge crash investigators board cargo ship

Here’s another look at the moment yesterday when National Transportation Safety Board investigators boarded the wrecked freighter Dali as they tried to determine exactly what caused it to crash into the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Watch: Baltimore Key Bridge crash investigators board cargo ship

On Wednesday, March 27, investigators boarded the freighter that crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, causing it to collapse. Footage shows officials using drones to inspect the wreckage of the horror before stepping aboard the ship. It reportedly lost power before crashing into a bridge abutment, plunging the structure into the Patapsco River as it disintegrated in seconds early Tuesday. The ship’s pilot issued a distress signal shortly before the collision, allowing Maryland Department of Transportation officials to stop oncoming traffic onto the bridge. On Wednesday, divers recovered the bodies of two of the six missing construction crews who were on the structure at the time.

Joe SomerladMarch 28, 2024 1:30 p.m

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Baltimore Key Bridge ‘not built to withstand a direct hit from a vessel’

Here’s what US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had to say about the disaster at yesterday’s press conference.

Baltimore Bridge ‘not built to withstand a direct hit,’ says US Transportation Secretary

The Francis Scott Key Bridge that collapsed in Baltimore “simply wasn’t built to withstand a direct hit from a vessel that weighs about 200 million pounds,” the US transportation secretary said. Pete Buttigieg made his comments during a press conference on Wednesday (March 27) after it was revealed that two bodies had been pulled from the Patapsco River. The exact cause of the crash in the early hours of Tuesday, which was described by authorities as an “developing mass casualty incident,” is not yet known. Around 1:30 a.m. ET local time, the Singapore-flagged vessel Dali collided with a pier on the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing multiple sections of the 1.6-mile-long bridge to fall into the water.

Joe SomerladMarch 28, 2024 1:00 p.m

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Disturbing joke of Baltimore bridge ‘survivor’ 911 call goes viral on social media

A hoax call to emergency services purported to be from a motorist on the Francis Scott Key Bridge when it collapsed has gone viral on social media.

Here’s more from Catherine Shuttleworth for Indy100.

Joe SomerladMarch 28, 2024 12:30 p.m

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Construction worker miraculously escapes Baltimore bridge collapse after last-minute shift change: ‘Thank God’

New York Post offers the incredible story of Moises Diaz, 45, a colleague of some of the deceased Brawner Builders, who escaped Tuesday’s tragedy only as a result of a last-minute switch.

Diaz told the Publish he grieves for the men he viewed as “family” and counts his blessings.

“If I hadn’t asked for a change, I’d be in the water right now,” he said.

“It’s tragic. I’m really thankful I wasn’t on the bridge. Thank God.”

He described his dead colleagues as “good workers, hardworking… They were good family members, husbands and fathers” and said: “When I found out about it, I got a notification. I remembered, “Oh, my colleagues work on this bridge. What happened to them?'”

Joe SomerladMarch 28, 2024 12:00 p.m

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The bodies of two missing workers were pulled from the river in a submerged truck

The bodies of the aforementioned Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, and Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, have now been recovered from the Patapsco River, as revealed at yesterday’s press conference with the US Coast Guard, Maryland Department of Transportation and state governor Wes Moore.

Mike Bedigan has the latest.

Joe SomerladMarch 28, 2024 11:30 am

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Construction workers identified as victims of Baltimore bridge crash

Three of the six victims of Tuesday’s tragedy, all construction workers repairing the bridge when it collapsed, have been identified as Miguel Luna, Dorlian Castillo Cabrera and Mayor Yasir Suazo Sandoval.

Luna is a husband and father of three originally from El Salvador, Cabrera is an immigrant from Guatemala who works to support his family, and Sandoval is a married father of two from Honduras who has worked in various places and started his own support business, according to CNN.

Miguel Luna, Dorlian Castillo Cabrera and Mayor Yasir Suaso Sandoval

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Joe SomerladMarch 28, 2024 11:00 a.m

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Investigators reveal chronology of Francis Scott Key Bridge disaster

Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have released a more accurate timeline of what exactly happened in the run-up to the cargo ship’s brutal collision with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Here’s the NTSB’s revised timeline of the disaster, given in hours, minutes and seconds after the first full day of experts examining the scene Wednesday:

12.39am: Did container ship departs from Seagirt sea terminal.

1.07 am: Enters the Fort McHenry Canal.

1.24.59 am: Numerous audible alarms recorded on ship’s bridge sound. The Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) stops recording the ship’s system data, although it is able to continue recording audio from an alternate power source.

1.26.02 AM: The VDR resumes recording the ship’s system data after an error. Steering commands and orders regarding his helm captured on audio.

1.26.39 am: The pilot sends a very high frequency (VHF) radio call to nearby tugs requesting assistance for the stricken ship. The pilots association dispatcher also notified the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) duty officer of the power outage, according to data from the latter organization.

1.27.04 in the morning: The pilot orders the ship’s port anchor to be dropped and issues additional steering commands.

1.27.25 AM: The pilot makes a radio call on the VHF radio, reports that the ship has lost full power and is approaching the bridge. The transit officer on duty radioed two of his units — one on each side of the bridge — already on the scene and ordered them to shut down traffic. All lanes closed.

1.29am: Recorded speed of the ship is just under 8 miles per hour. The VDR recorded 33 seconds of sound corresponding to the ship crashing into the bridge. Meanwhile, MDTA surveillance cameras catch the lights on the bridge going out.

01/29/39 AM: A pilot calls the US Coast Guard to report that the bridge is down.

Joe SomerladMarch 28, 2024 10:30 am

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Two construction workers presumed dead have now been identified

Mayor Yasir Suazo Sandoval, 37, was identified by his family as one of the construction workers who were on the bridge repairing potholes when it collapsed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Mr. Suazo Sandoval’s brother, Martin Suazo, told CNN that his brother had lived in the United States for 18 years and was originally from Azaqualpa, Honduras. He was a married father of an 18-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter.

He added that his brother is also an entrepreneur who started his own maintenance company.

Miguel Luna, a 49-year-old father of three from El Salvador who has called Maryland home for 19 years, is also among the six missing.

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“[We feel] devastated, devastated because our heart is broken because we don’t know if they have already saved them. We’re just waiting for news,” his wife Maria del Carmen Castellon told Telemundo 44.

The other victims have not been named, but Guatemala’s foreign ministry has confirmed that two Guatemalan nationals are among those missing after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.

Among the missing are a 26-year-old from San Luis, Petén, and a 35-year-old from Camotan, Chiquimula. The ministry did not name the men.

Scores of Mexican nationals are also missing, a Mexican embassy official said, though it was unclear how many.

Arpan RaiMarch 28, 2024 09:05 am

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Watch: Civil engineer how long it will take to rebuild Baltimore Key Bridge after collapse

Civil engineer on how long it will take to rebuild the Baltimore Key after the collapse

Arpan RaiMarch 28, 2024 08:50 am

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Buttigieg: Port workers’ livelihoods ‘major issue’

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the “primary area of ​​concern” was the livelihoods of port workers, telling a news conference that thousands of jobs could be affected by the incident.

At a White House press conference on Wednesday, Mr. Buttigieg addressed the impact of the disaster on the local economy, saying about 8,000 jobs were directly related to port operations.

“Last I checked … about $2 million in wages are at stake every day and that’s one of the areas we’re worried about,” he said. “It’s one thing for a container, a vehicle or a shipment to be absorbed or placed somewhere else, but these longshoremen – if the goods are not moving, they are not working.

“There’s work going on right now even inside that bridge because of the work that needs to be done to unload some of the vehicles that are stuck there and get them back on land to go to other sites, so they’re probably working right now, but that work won’t last long, and that’s one of our main concerns.”

(REUTERS)

Arpan RaiMarch 28, 2024 08:35 am

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