2 Bodies Recovered from Key Bridge Collapse

(Wednesday, March 27, 2024) – New developments in the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. Authorities announced this evening the bodies of 2 of the 6 missing construction workers have been recovered. The two men were found inside a red truck submerged in the waters of the Patapsco River. They have been identified as Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, who was from Mexico and living in Baltimore, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, who was from Guatemala and living in Dundalk, Maryland. The men were part of a construction crew fixing potholes on the bridge, were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Officials say the search for the four other victims will resume once the waters are clear of debris. But for now, all search efforts have been exhausted with authorities believing the other vehicles with victims inside are encased in superstructures and concrete from the collapsed bridge.

Part of the structure of the Francis Scott Key Bridge after the ship hit the bridge Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Baltimore, Md. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Meantime, the investigation ramped up as the Baltimore region continues to reel from the sudden loss of a major transportation link that’s part of the highway loop around the city. The disaster also closed the port that is vital to the city’s shipping industry. “The collapse of the Key Bridge is not just a Maryland crisis. The collapse of the Key Bridge is a global crisis,” said Maryland Governor Wes Moore.

The Key bridge typically carries some 30,000 vehicles a day. Officials say that disruption of land travel coupled with shipping travel with not only affect the thousands of dockworkers, but also U.S. consumers across the country for months or perhaps years to come.