FBI opens criminal investigation into Baltimore bridge collapse, AP source says

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By journalsofus.com

The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into the deadly collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge that focuses on the circumstances that led to it and whether all federal laws were followed, according to someone familiar with the matter.

The person was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

The FBI was aboard the freighter Dali conducting court-authorized law enforcement activities, the agency said in a statement Monday. He did not elaborate and said he would not comment further on the investigation, which was first reported by The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on Monday announced a partnership with two law firms to “initiate legal action to hold wrongdoers accountable” and mitigate harm to city residents.

The huge Dali It left the port of Baltimore in the early hours of March 26, loaded with cargo and bound for Sri Lanka, when it collided with one of bridge support columnscausing the section to collapse into the Patapsco River and sending six members of a road works team falling to death.

Divers have recovered three of the six bodies from the wreckage.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Jennifer Homendy said last week that investigators were focusing on the condition of the ship. electrical power system. The ship experienced power issues moments before the accident, as evidenced by videos showing its lights turning on and off.

Homendy said the information obtained from the ship’s voyage data recorder is relatively basic, “so the information in the engine room will help us tremendously.”

In his statement announcing the partnership with law firms, Scott said the city “will take decisive action to hold all entities accountable for the Key Bridge tragedy, including the owner, charterer, manager/operator and manufacturer of the M/ V Dali. , as well as any other potentially responsible third parties.”

He said with the owner of the boat. They are already seeking to limit the company’s liabilitythe city needs to act quickly to protect its own interests.

The investigation comes amid concerns about the safety of thousands of American bridges and days later more than two dozen river barges It came loose and crashed into a closed section in Pittsburgh.

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