• Recovery Continues While Clearing The Debris At The Key Bridge Begins

    March 29, 2024
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    Officials with the NTSB examine the bridge of the container ship Dali on Thursday.

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    Tuesday's devastating collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Maryland not only brought on personal tragedy for the men caught on the bridge and their families, but also presented substantial destruction to the harbor, shipping and travel in the Baltimore area and on the East Coast.

    The personal toll was the most tragic as only two workers who were on the bridge survived the collapse. Authorities announced the name of four victims Thursday:

    The bodies of two men were found in a pickup truck in the river, Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, of Baltimore, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, of Dundalk.

    Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, 38, of northwestern Honduras was one of the workers killed, along with Miguel Luna, from El Salvador. Government officials and families have not named the other two men who have not been found. A fund has been set up for the families of these workers, some of whom had been in the United States for decades. You can donate here: How You Can Help Families Of Baltimore Bridge Collapse | Baltimore, MD Patch

    At their Opening Day game, the Baltimore Orioles had a moment of silence prior to the National Anthem to remember the victims and to honor first responders.

    Officials from the NTSB and the Coast Guard boarded the cargo ship Bali to determine whether there were hazardous materials or fuel leakage on board. The video shows the inside of the ship and the destruction at the site:

    The 764 tons of hazardous materials aboard the Dali included corrosives, flammables, and lithium-ion batteries.

    One of the largest cranes on the East Coast will be at the site over the weekend to clear debris and help with the recovery process as well as open the channel. Other container ships are currently trapped in the harbor with no way to leave until the channel is cleared. The process will take weeks, possibly longer.

    Maryland Governor Wes Moore was on site Thursday. He outlined priorities; focus on recovery to provide closure for families, open the Maryland port which the State and Country depend on, focus on everyone affected, and rebuild the bridge.

    The Federal Government has promised $60 billion dollars for the task.



    Jan Greenhawk

    Jan Greenhawk is a former teacher and school administrator for over thirty years. She has two grown children and lives with her husband in Maryland. She also spent over twenty-five years coaching/judging gymnastics and coaching women’s softball.
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