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Baltimore bridge collapse: Six workers missing presumed dead 

Update : 27 Mar 2024, 10:28

The six people who went missing are now presumed dead and the US Coast Guard has said the search for survivors has been suspended.

Roland L. Butler Jr., superintendent for Maryland State Police, said on Monday evening that the search and rescue mission was transitioning to one of search and recovery.  

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said rebuilding the collapsed Baltimore bridge will not be quick or easy.

"This is no ordinary bridge. This is one of the cathedrals of American infrastructure," Buttigieg said at a news conference in Baltimore. "It has been part of the skyline for this region for longer than many of us have been alive."

Buttigieg thanked first responders, including those still in the water as he spoke, and offered comfort to those "who woke up today to the news that no one wants to receive." This is an excruciating day for several families," he said.

Maryland Governor Wes Moore said at the same news conference that he had spent time with the families of victims. "The strength of these families is absolutely remarkable," he said.  

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation into Baltimore's Francis Scott Bridge collapse after a cargo ship struck one of its support pylons.

NTSB chair Jennifer Homendy and a team of experts were in Baltimore to investigate the incident

She said the investigators would, however, "allow some time for the search and recovery."

Homendy said the structure of the collapsed Baltimore bridge will be investigated. They will also look into reports that the ship lost power before it collided with the support beam.

"We have to verify through our investigation that that was part of the contributing cause here," she said, adding it is "too early to tell."  

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