Baltimore bridge collapse: Body recovered amid search for workers

A physique has been recovered because the search continues for lacking bridge staff within the aftermath of a crash Tuesday that introduced down a serious Baltimore span and despatched a development crew plummeting into the frigid water beneath, officers stated.

Baltimore Metropolis Council Member Phylicia Porter informed CNN that one physique was recovered throughout search and rescue efforts.

Apart from the development crew, a number of autos had been on the bridge when it collapsed; 5 had been discovered on the mattress of the river beneath. Officers don’t but know whether or not anybody was trapped inside.

The Dali, a Singaporean ship, was touring at about 8 knots and misplaced energy earlier than it plowed into one of many pillars supporting the Francis Scott Key Bridge about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore stated at a information convention. The affect shortly induced a lot of the bridge to buckle, dropping main parts into the Patapsco River.

Eight members of a development crew engaged on the bridge fell into the water, and two had been shortly rescued; one declined therapy and the opposite was hospitalized, Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld stated on the convention.

Those that stay unaccounted for are believed to have been repairing masonry and potholes on the bridge when it collapsed, Wiedefeld stated.

Moore stated that the bridge was “absolutely as much as code” and that crew members on the Dali issued an emergency misery name shortly earlier than the crash. There wasn’t any credible proof that terrorism was concerned, Moore stated.

“By no means would you suppose that you’d see — bodily see — the Key Bridge tumble down like that. It seemed like one thing out of an motion film,” stated Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, calling it “an unthinkable tragedy.”

The mayday name gave officers sufficient time to cease visitors on either side of the bridge and attempt to evacuate folks earlier than the collapse, Moore stated.

“By having the ability to cease automobiles from coming over the bridge, these individuals are heroes,” he added. “They saved lives.”

Baltimore Fireplace Chief James Wallace stated in a CNN interview Tuesday morning that sonar had detected 5 autos on the mattress of the river— three passenger autos, a cement truck and an unknown automobile.

The water temperature was about 47 levels Fahrenheit earlier than daybreak, in line with a buoy that collects information for the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A container ship sits idle after striking the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

A container ship sits idle after placing the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which subsequently collapsed into the Patapsco River in Baltimore early Tuesday.

(Al Drago / Bloomberg / Getty Pictures)

Synergy Marine Group, which manages and owns the ship, stated in a press release that a number of pilots had been working it when it hit a bridge pillar. The pilots are native specialists who assist navigate ships safely into ports. The ship was heading to Colombo, Sri Lanka, on the time of the crash.

All crew members, together with the 2 pilots, had been accounted for; no accidents had been reported among the many crew, in line with the corporate.

The ship’s administration and house owners are “absolutely cooperating with federal and state authorities businesses” as an investigation into the crash begins, the corporate stated in a press release. The Dali is owned by Grace Ocean Non-public Ltd., additionally a Singaporean firm. The Occasions couldn’t instantly attain the corporate.

President Biden stated in a Tuesday information briefing on the White Home that he intends to have the federal authorities pay the total value of rebuilding the bridge and that reconstruction would take “a while.”

Biden additionally stated he plans to go to Baltimore as quickly as attainable.

“Our prayers are with everybody concerned on this horrible accident and all of the households — particularly these ready for the information of their beloved one proper now,” Biden stated. “I do know each minute in that circumstance looks like a lifetime. You simply don’t know. It’s simply horrible.”

Ship visitors and the busy Port of Baltimore, which sees round 850,000 service autos every year, has been suspended till additional discover, Biden stated. The bridge is also essential for journey, the president stated, noting that greater than 30,000 autos cross every day.

“We’re gonna get it up and working once more as quickly as attainable. … 15,000 jobs rely on that port, and we’re going to do every part we will to guard these jobs and assist these staff,” Biden stated.

Jennifer Homendy, chairwoman of the Nationwide Transportation Security Board, stated in a information convention Tuesday that the company will examine the reason for the bridge collapse however is “standing again” throughout search and rescue efforts.

The company will look into the vessel’s upkeep and security historical past in addition to the development of the bridge and its design, Homendy stated. The NTSB may also confirm whether or not the lack of energy to the ship led to the crash, she stated.

Kevin Cartwright, director of communications for the Baltimore Fireplace Division, stated that some cargo gave the impression to be dangling from the bridge, which spans the Patapsco River on the entrance to a busy harbor. The river results in the Port of Baltimore, a serious hub for delivery on the East Coast. Opened in 1977, the bridge is known as for the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Dali is chartered by Maersk, a Danish delivery firm, and had the Maersk emblem on the ship, in line with a press release by the corporate. No Maersk crew members had been aboard the vessel, which was about three soccer fields lengthy and half a discipline huge.

Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.), whose congressional district contains the bridge and the Port of Baltimore, stated in a press release that he’s spoken with the White Home and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“They’re responding with the entire belongings at their disposal,” Mfume stated. “Our prayers proper now are for the lacking people and victims of this tragedy. We thank God for the efficient service of our first responders.”

The Related Press and Occasions employees Author Grace Toohey contributed to this report.

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