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Baltimore bridge collapse survivor reveals what he had to do to survive

By meerna Jul11,2024
Baltimore bridge collapse survivor reveals what he had to do to survive

The only person to survive the fall into the Patapsco River when a cargo ship crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore in March described his experience for the first time in an interview with NBC News on Wednesday.

Julio Cervantes Suarez was one of seven construction workers on the bridge when it was hit. They were all on break at the time, and Cervantes Suarez, like some of the others, was in his truck.

The 37-year-old said he saw members of his family, including nephew Carlos Daniel Hernandez and brother-in-law Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, fall into the river.

“I thanked God for the family he gave me. I asked him to take care of my wife and children. And I asked for forgiveness for everything I had done,” he said in Spanish.

The water was “up to my neck” as his truck was flooded, Cervantes Suarez said, explaining he had to manually open a window to escape the sinking vehicle because the doors would not open.

“That’s when I realized what had happened. I looked at the bridge and it was gone,” he recalled.

As for his coworkers, he remembered calling out to each one of them. “But no one answered me,” he said.

Luckily for Cervantes Suarez, who can’t swim, he found a piece of floating concrete and climbed onto it. There, he was able to alert rescuers to his location using his helmet light.

Cervantes Suarez and the families of some of the victims plan to take legal action against the companies that own and operate the ship, their attorneys told NBC. The city of Baltimore also claims their “negligence” means they should be liable for any damages awarded by a jury.

By meerna

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