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Baltimore, MD - Rescue Teams Still Searching for 6 Missing After Cargo Ship Collides with Francis Scott Key Bridge Causing It To Collapse

Baltimore, MD - Rescue Teams Still Searching for 6 Missing After Cargo Ship Collides with Francis Scott Key Bridge Causing It To Collapse
Published: March 26, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on March 26, 2024

6 Unaccounted For After Cargo Ship Collides with Francis Scott Key Bridge

Chaos erupted in the early morning hours as a massive cargo ship collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge, triggering a disastrous collapse as reported by Fox News. According to officials, the incident unfolded around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, when the crew of the ship, identified as the Dali, lost power and issued a mayday call moments before striking the bridge in Baltimore, MD.

"The preliminary investigation points to an accident," Governor Wes Moore stated.

Prompt action by authorities helped minimize the number of vehicles on the bridge at the time of the collapse. Governor Moore expressed gratitude, stating, "Between the mayday and the collapse, officials were able to begin stopping traffic flow, preventing more cars from entering the bridge." 

The dire situation involved a crew of eight workers contracted with the Maryland Department of Transportation to fix potholes on the bridge. According to DOT Secretary Paul Wiedefeld, they were working at the time of the collapse. Search and rescue operations managed to pull two workers from the water, with one critically injured and hospitalized. The other rescued worker did not require hospitalization.

Tragically, six workers remain unaccounted for, and efforts to locate them continue. Authorities revealed that sonar has detected vehicles submerged in the 50-foot-deep water, with temperatures hovering around 47 degrees Fahrenheit before dawn on Tuesday. Governor Moore acknowledged the ongoing investigation to determine the exact number of individuals caught in the collapse and plunged into the river.

An expert in civil engineering, Dr. Ron Harichandran, shed light on the circumstances, stating, "The massive tanker ship, not only carrying a heavy load but also towering in height, directly hit one of the bridge's main support structures, making it difficult for the bridge to survive such an impact."

The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct a thorough investigation into the bridge collapse, while the Army Corps of Engineers will assist in clearing the Baltimore Harbor area.

As the search for the six missing workers and any other potential victims continues, the city of Baltimore grapples with the aftermath of this tragic event, united in its resilience and determination to overcome this challenge.

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Understanding Civil Lawsuits After a Tragic Bridge Collapse

In the aftermath of the devastating Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, understanding the legal options available to victims and families following a catastrophic event is paramount. We sat down with local Maryland accident lawyer Aaron Blank, Esq., to explore the avenues for seeking accountability and support for those affected by catastrophic accidents, such as bridge collapses.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Good afternoon, Aaron. Given your experience in catastrophic accident cases, could you elaborate on what options are available to victims and their families in the aftermath of a tragic bridge collapse?

Attorney Aaron Blank (AB): Thank you, Darla. In situations like a tragic bridge collapse, victims and their families may have legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits or wrongful death claims against those deemed responsible for the incident. It's crucial for them to seek legal counsel promptly to understand their rights and explore avenues for seeking justice.

DM: What steps should individuals affected by such a catastrophic event take to pursue a wrongful death case effectively?

AB: It's essential for victims' families to gather any relevant documentation, such as medical records, witness statements, and official reports detailing the incident. Seeking legal representation from experienced attorneys specializing in catastrophic accidents can provide invaluable guidance through the complexities of such cases.

DM: Who could potentially be held liable here? The ship's operators? The bridge maintenance company?

AB: Each incident is unique, and it is likely multiple parties contributed to such a disaster through negligence that a lawsuit could target. The ship's owners and crew, if negligent operation or mechanical failures played a role. The bridge construction company, if lack of proper maintenance is a factor. Even government transportation agencies could be liable if inspections or oversight was inadequate.

DM: For families who regrettably lost loved ones, what damages can be pursued through a wrongful death lawsuit?

AB: A wrongful death suit can seek compensation for lost income and benefits the deceased would have earned, funeral expenses, loss of care and companionship, and more. No amount can undo such a tragic loss, but it can provide financial security for the surviving family members.

DM: How can local Maryland accident lawyers like yourself assist victims and their families?

AB: Our role as legal advocates is to offer support, legal expertise, and representation to those impacted by such tragedies. We work tirelessly to navigate the legal process, negotiate on behalf of our clients, and seek fair compensation for their losses and suffering. Collaborating with skilled attorneys can help bridge collapse victims and their families pursue justice and hold accountable those responsible for the devastating consequences of this accident.

DM: Thank you for explaining the legal options, Aaron.

Free Consultations for Bridge Collapse Victims and Families

In times of immense hardship and uncertainty following catastrophic events like the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, it is crucial for victims and their families to seek legal guidance and support. Our team of experienced attorneys, including Aaron Blank, Esq., are here to provide compassionate assistance and expert representation to help navigate the complexities of personal injury and wrongful death cases. If you or your loved ones have been impacted, do not hesitate to reach out for a free consultation to explore your legal options and rights during this challenging time.


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