6th and Final Victim Recovered from Key Bridge Collapse

6th and Final Victim Recovered from Key Bridge Collapse

(DailyDig.com) – Jose Mynor Lopez, a 39-year-old construction worker who perished in the Key Bridge collapse in Maryland on March 26, had his body recovered on May 7.

Lopez was the sixth worker that perished who had been on the bridge when a ship, the Dali, struck the support pillar of the bridge, which, within a minute, fell into the Patapsco River. Eight construction workers had been repairing the bridge’s potholes as they plunged into the river. Only two of the men were rescued.

Superintendent Colonel Roland Butler, Jr., of the Department of State Police of Maryland discussed Lopez’s recovery and announced the conclusion of their efforts to provide closure to the men’s families. The recovery grieves all who lost their loved ones to the tragic incident.

Wes Moore, the governor of Maryland, expressed his sympathy for the men who died, as well as the families and friends who mourned their lost lives. He requested privacy for all the families while they grieve. Moore said to the families of Lopez and the other men who were previously recovered, Miguel Ángel Luna González, Carlos Hernández, Maynor Yasir Suazo-Sandoval, Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, and Alejandro Hernández Fuentes, that the prayers of the people of Maryland are with them. He concluded by saying that they will continue to remember their lives.

Baltimore County’s executive, Johnny Olszewski, thanked the Unified Command team for their perseverance in searching for the lost men. He said that every worker’s body was treated with respect and that their efforts would bring the six families peace of mind.

Following completion of the final recovery, officials announced that the Unified Command team would now focus on removing the nearly 4,000-ton portion of the bridge that collapsed on top of the Dali. To remove large portions of the bridge, they will use controlled explosives. To safely extract the ship from the debris, they will use “precision cutting,” which may take a week to complete.

Officials anticipate the completion of the rebuilt bridge in late 2028.

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