Sixth Body Recovered from Key Bridge Collapse

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( – The body of Jose Mynor Lopez, 37 was recovered from the wreckage site of the Key Bridge collapse in Maryland on Tuesday, May 7th. Lopez was the 6th and final victim to be recovered from the wreckage since a cargo ship lost power and crashed into the bridge on March 26th. Lopez and seven other construction workers were repairing potholes on the bridge when it collapsed. Two of the men were brought to safety after the incident but tragically, six of the men were killed.

The bodies of Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, Maynor Yasir Suazo-Sandoval, Carlos Hernandez, and Miguel Angel Luna Gonzales were previously recovered. Divers worked for six weeks to find the bodies of the victims which were returned to their loved ones.

Lopez was an immigrant from Guatemala. He left behind a wife and two young children; a son and a daughter. All of the victims were immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico. The Governor of Maryland, Wes Moore, offered condolences and prayers to the family and friends of the men who died. Superintendent of the Maryland Department of State Police, Colonel Roland Butler Jr., also made a statement saying he hopes the recovery of the victim’s bodies might help to bring closure to their loved ones.

The Dali, the cargo ship that caused the bridge to collapse, is still stuck in the Patapsco River underneath several thousand tons of steel and wreckage from the bridge. The ship was carrying 4700 shipping containers and a crew of 21 people. The crew has remained on the ship since the crash. Engineers are planning to use explosives to perform “precision cutting” in an effort to free the Dali from the wreckage. The crew will shelter in place onboard the ship during the process.

The Maryland Transportation Authority held a virtual conference to discuss the plans for rebuilding the Key Bridge. The new bridge is estimated to cost around $2 billion and will hopefully be open by the fall of 2028.

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