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Work Starting on Clearing Debris From Baltimore Bridge

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The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, collapsed on March 26, 2024. While there were initial fears that up to seven cars were on the bridge when the MV Dali hit it, those fears proved unfounded thanks to the quick action of first responders who were able to divert traffic.

Unfortunately, seven construction workers were fixing potholes on the bridge. The bodies of two of those workers have been recovered. Let's look at the latest news from the bridge's collapse.

The ship's owner, Grace Ocean Private Ltd., and its manager, Synergy Marine Group, have filed a petition for exoneration from or limitation of liability in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

This law allows the companies to limit their liabilities for the accident to the value of the vessel and its freight at the end of the voyage, which was intended to be Sri Lanka.

A large portion of the bridge rests on the cargo ship after the accident at approximately 1:27 a.m. The 984-foot-long ship has more than 1.5 million gallons of gas and lubricants on board. It also contains over 50 crates containing hazardous cargo.

In all, the ship still holds over 47,000 shipping containers.

Recovery Efforts

The bodies of two workers have been recovered from a pickup truck submerged in about 50 feet of water.

They are Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, from Vera Cruz, Mexico, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, from Guatemala. Alejandro was the crew's foreman of the Brawner Builders crew. He leaves behind three children. His sister is petitioning the government to allow her entry into America so that a funeral can be held.

The other workers who are presumed dead are Guatemalan Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, 38, who leaves behind a wife and two children. In addition to working for the construction company, he ran a janitorial crew.

Also presumed dead is Miguel Luna. Originally from El Salvador, Miguel had lived in Maryland for 19 years.

Jose Mynor Lopez, who leaves behind a wife and three children, was originally from Camotán, Guatemala. His wife is a waitress, and the cafe's owner has organized a GoFundMe account, which has raised over $48,000 to support the family.

Carlos Hernández from Mexico sent a message to his girlfriend shortly before the tragic accident. He told her they had just poured the concrete and were waiting for it to dry.

The only person believed to be alive who was on the bridge at the time of the impact was a highway inspector who was near the end of the bridge. He was able to run back to the bridge's end. Investigators say that he holds invaluable knowledge as their investigation moves forward.


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