Staff had been on break of their vehicles when Baltimore bridge collapsed, survivor’s spouse says

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Staff had been on break of their vehicles when Baltimore bridge collapsed, survivor’s spouse says


The spouse of one of many building employees who survived the collapse of a Baltimore bridge mentioned they had been on a break when tragedy struck – and that it’s a “miracle” her husband survived as a result of he can’t swim.

“The entire males had been on a break of their vehicles when the boat hit. We don’t know in the event that they had been warned earlier than the influence,” the spouse of Julio Cervantes instructed NBC Information on Thursday.

“My husband doesn’t know the way to swim. It’s a miracle he survived,” added the relieved spouse, who didn’t disclose her identify.

The employees who had been on the Francis Scott Key Bridge when it collapsed had been on break of their autos on the time of the accident, in accordance with the spouse of one of many survivors. AP

Cervantes and 7 different building employees had been on the Francis Scott Key Bridge when the disabled Dali container ship crashed right into a assist pillar, sending the 1.6-mile lengthy span crashing into the Patapsco River early Tuesday.

He and one other man had been the one employees who had been rescued.

The our bodies of Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, had been recovered Wednesday from a purple pickup truck underneath 25 ft of water.

The remaining 4 employees haven’t been discovered and are presumed useless.

Miguel Luna stays lacking after catastrophe.
Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, proper, additionally has not been discovered. Courtesy Carlos Suazo

Cervantes’ spouse instructed NBC Information that one of many males whose stays had been recovered was her brother-in-law, however didn’t share his identify, and that her nephew is amongst these lacking.

“We haven’t been in a position to sleep, ready for phrase in the event that they’re going to discover a relative,” she instructed the outlet.

Fellow employee Moisés Díaz, who anticipated to fill potholes on the fateful day till a last-minute schedule change, instructed CBS Information: “Day-after-day we give due to God for all times.”

He added: “I noticed my mates as members of the family — those that died on this tragedy.”

Cervantes managed to crawl out the window of his sinking truck however his chest was crushed within the frantic escape, Díaz instructed the information outlet, including that the survivor was in secure situation Thursday.

The ship’s path earlier than the collision into Baltimore’s Key Bridge. NY Submit composite

“He thought, ‘I’m going to die right here,’” Díaz mentioned. “And though he can’t swim, he survived.”

Different employees nonetheless lacking are Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, 38, a father of two initially from Honduras, and Miguel Luna, 49, a father of three who got here to the US from El Salvador nearly 20 years in the past.

The caught-on-video accident despatched shock waves throughout the nation, sparked provide chain issues and broke the hearts of locals who thought-about the bridge a metropolis jewel.

President Joe Biden has vowed to reconstruct the span as quicly as attainable.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board and different entities are investigating what triggered the crash and subsequent bridge collapse.

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore has warned of a “very lengthy highway forward” to get better from the lack of the bridge because the Biden administration authorised $60 million in instant federal assist.


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