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Key Bridge collapse survivor in Baltimore gives first account

By meerna Jul11,2024
Key Bridge collapse survivor in Baltimore gives first account

Julio Cervantes Suarez was sitting in a truck early in the morning on March 26 with six other construction workers in their own vehicles, taking a break from fixing potholes on the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.

The 985-foot container ship Dali then hit one of the pillars supporting the bridge. The 37-year-old saw his co-workers disappear into the Patapsco River.

After his own vehicle fell into the water, Cervantes Suarez He said he was unable to open any doors and had to manually roll down the windows to escape. He said He climbed onto the concrete slab of the wreck and waited for the rescuers.

Cervantes Suarez, one of the two survivors, spoke about the tragic incident in his first interview with NBC News, which aired Wednesday.

In an interview, Cervantes Suarez recalled the search for the remaining workers.

“I started calling each of them by name,” he said in Spanish. “But no one answered me.”

He added that Carlos Daniel Hernández, his nephew whom he considered a son, was the first to fall.

Cervantes Suarez told NBC that he didn’t think would survive the fall.

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

Cervantes Suarez, who told NBC he still feels physical pain, said he is haunted by the fact that… told Hernández to go to the car and rest.

“If I had told him to come with me, maybe things would have been different. Maybe he would be here with us,” Cervantes Suarez told the station.

Federal investigators are still investigating the cause of the disaster, which halted much of the commerce in the Port of Baltimore and raised questions about whether federal and state authorities were prepared to prevent similar disruptions. The FBI is conducting a separate, ongoing criminal investigation into whether the crew of the Dali knew about the serious problems with the system before setting sail.

Cervantes Suarez said he wants all parties responsible to “pay for the damage they have done,” including the family of Hernández Fuentes, his brother-in-law. But, he told NBC, nothing will bring back what his family and others lost overnight.

“Because I know money can’t buy you a hug from a father or a son,” he said.

By meerna

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