Maryland Gov Wes Moore meets families of Baltimore bridge-collapse victims, assures to use 'every asset' to give them a 'closure'

Maryland Gov Wes Moore meets families of Baltimore bridge-collapse victims, assures to use 'every asset' to give them a 'closure'
Maryland Governor Wes Moore said that his 'heart is broken' for the Baltimore bridge collapse victims' families (Getty Images, X/@CBSMornings)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: Governor of Maryland, Wes Moore, announced on Wednesday morning, March 27, that he has met with the families of the six construction workers who are now considered dead following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

"As we have moved now to a recovery effort, the same commitment to families is: 'We are going to use every asset to bring them a sense of closure,'" Moore told 'CBS Mornings' anchor Tony Dokoupil.

In an aerial view, the cargo ship Dali sits in the water after running into and collapsing the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to reports, rescuers are still searching for multiple people, while two survivors have been pulled from the Patapsco River. A work crew was fixing potholes on the bridge, which is used by roughly 30,000 people each day, when the ship struck at around 1:30am on Tuesday morning. The accident has temporarily closed the Port of Baltimore, one of the largest and busiest on the East Coast of the U.S. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Six construction workers went missing after the cargo ship Dali crashed with Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge on Tuesday, March 26, leading to a full collapse of the structure(Getty Images)

Baltimore Governor Wes Moore's 'heart is broken' for the victims' families

Moore added that his "heart is broken" for the families. "They received the worst news that they could have possibly received," the governor said.

"When their family members left to go to work, they never imagined that the result would be... a bridge collapsed and now their family member's missing," he added.



 

The missing construction workers were fixing potholes when the Baltimore Key Bridge collapsed

Records show that the unfortunate construction workers were fixing potholes when the cargo ship crashed into and crumbled the massive Baltimore Key Bridge.

The Washington Consulate of Mexico said Tuesday night that the six workers included individuals from Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.



 

Moore told Dokoupil that the state would continue to be there for the families.

"These were fathers and these were sons and these were husbands and these were people who their families relied on," he added.



 

Some victims of the Baltimore Key Bridge collapse have been identified 

Nonprofit organization CASA identified one of the workers as Miguel Luna, a father of three, from El Salvador but has lived in Maryland for over 19 years.

Another victim, identified by CNN as Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, a father of two from Honduras. His brother told the outlet that he had lived in the US for 18 years.



 

Coworker Jesus Campos said he is acquaintances with the six individuals, describing them all as "good people."

The men worked for a local construction company named Brawner Builders, according to The New York Times.

Jeffrey Pritzker, executive vice president of the company, said that the men were "wonderful family people," calling Tuesday, March 26, “a very, very bad day.”

President Joe Biden's crucial announcement after the incident

"This morning, I convened senior members of my team for a briefing on the collapse of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge," President Joe Biden said.

"I've directed my Administration to ensure every federal resource is available to assist search and rescue efforts and response to this terrible incident," he added.



 

The president announced the government would pay the full cost to replace the bridge and insisted it was an accident.

The cargo ship Dali sits in the water after running into and collapsing the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to reports, rescuers are still searching for multiple people, while two survivors have been pulled from the Patapsco River. A work crew was fixing potholes on the bridge, which is used by roughly 30,000 people each day, when the ship struck at around 1:30am on Tuesday morning. The accident has temporarily closed the Port of Baltimore, one of the largest and busiest on the East Coast of the U.S. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
POTUS Joe Biden said the government will fully fund the reconstruction of the now-collapsed Baltimore Key Bridge (Getty Images)

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