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Fourth body recovered from Key Bridge collapse site, where recovery and recovery operations continue

Fourth body recovered from Key Bridge collapse site


Fourth body recovered from Key Bridge collapse site

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BALTIMORE – A fourth body was recovered from a vehicle at the site of the Key Bridge collapse on Sunday, according to Unified Command.

The victim’s name is not being released at the request of the family, according to officials.

One of the missing construction vehicles was located and a person was trapped inside.

A cargo ship, the Dali, crashed into the Key Bridge around 1:30 a.m. on March 26, sending eight construction workers into the Patapsco River. They were repairing holes in the bridge.

Two construction workers were rescued, and now four have been recovered. Two remain missing and presumed dead.

Crews recovered the bodies of 35-year-old Maynor Yasir Suazo-Sandoval, 35-year-old Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 26-year-old Dorlian Castillo Cabrera and another unidentified man.

A huge crane lifts the rubble from Key Bridge to Sparrows Point

WJZ on Monday took a closer look at the salvage operation at Sparrows Point, where portions of the Key Bridge are being hauled away for disposal.

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The largest yet is a wingspan that weighs more than 400 tons.

The huge Chesapeake 1,000 crane brought it to Sparrows Point this weekend.

“This is our processing yard where all the materials that are taken out of the river are brought in by barge and crane, very large pieces of material,” said James Harkness, the chief engineer for the Maryland Transportation Authority. “When they brought it in yesterday they had to cut it in half because it was about 100 feet high.”

Cut Key Bridge to size

Welders cut the pieces into an even more manageable size. Crews also use hydraulic shears.

Respondents said every effort is being made to recycle the steel.

The government requires every large ship – including the Dali – to have a designated responder in the event of a disaster like this. In this case, that task was assigned to Resolve Marine.

“As soon as this happened, we were activated and had people on site within hours,” said Joseph Farrell, CEO of Resolve Marine.

What is the damage of the Dali?

Joseph Farrell, CEO of Resolve Marine, said that when the Key Bridge on the Dali collapsed, the ship’s bow was severed “fairly well”.

“When the bridge came down, the bow, the front of the ship, was severed quite a bit, so a lot of the systems were severed. The wiring to the bow thruster was severed,” Ferrell said.

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Farrell said the Dali is currently in power.

His crew tries to get the bow thruster working again. It makes the ship easier to maneuver if they remove enough containers to get it out of there.

Farrell said they have removed 40 containers, and he believes it could be enough to remove a total of 140 containers from the ship.

He also said the work will not hinder FBI and NTSB investigations and credits the Unified Command with keeping everything organized.

“There is a lot of clarity about where exactly our role lies, and we work with every agency. Everyone can connect with that and not get in each other’s way,” he said.

“There’s a lot of rubble. There’s rebar. There’s concrete.”

Divers stay in the water daily and visibility is often near zero in the muddy Patapsco.

“There’s a lot of rubble. There’s rebar. There’s concrete. For a first dive, we don’t know what dangers are down there, so we have to be very methodical and slow with that. We have something called an umbilical cord that holds the air supply from the diver to the diver’s helmet,” said Robyn Bianchi of DonJon Marine.

She told WJZ that divers are aware that several victims have yet to be recovered.

Shortly after our interview, rescuers pulled another victim from the water.

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Bianchi told how a diver from her team found one of the victims.

“We got the diver out of the water. He was nice and calm,” Bianchi said. ‘We knew exactly where it was. We called the Maryland State Police. They came outside. They made the dive. They recovered the body and we were able to keep our divers a little bit away from that trauma.”

Two victims are still missing. The last one was found on Sunday.

Officials said he was found trapped in a construction vehicle. He has been positively identified, but his identity has not been made public at the family’s request.

“As we mourn the lives lost and continue the recovery effort, we recognize that each missing individual is someone’s beloved friend or family member,” said Col. Roland L. Butler, Jr., Superintendent of the Maryland Department of State Police, “along with all from our allied law enforcement partners, we pledge that we will exhaust the physical and technical aspects of their training using all available resources.”

Cargo unloaded at TradePoint Atlantic

Near TradePoint Atlantic – the only place near the Port of Baltimore where larger ships can currently dock – cargo will be unloaded on Monday, including many new cars. That preserves jobs in Baltimore.

“We can ensure that this cargo stays in Baltimore because there are other ports that are interested in helping, but that also means that the cargo could go to another port permanently, so we are grateful that we can help with some of that diverted freight,” said Kristin King of TradePoint Atlantic.

WJZ will have more on this developing story.

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