FBI agent leading investigation into Baltimore bridge collapse

A source familiar with the matter spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. They revealed that the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into the tragic collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge. The investigation focuses on whether all federal laws were adhered to and the events leading up to the incident.

The collapse of the bridge prompted the investigation. The cargo ship Dali struck one of its supporting columns, causing a section of the bridge to fall into the Patapsco River. The collision resulted in the deaths of six roadwork crew members who were working on the bridge at the time.

Divers have recovered three bodies from the wreckage, while three others remain missing. Jennifer Homendy, Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, stated that investigators are particularly focusing on the electrical power system of the Dali. The vessel experienced power issues just before the crash.

How the city is responding to the tragedy

In response to the tragedy, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced a partnership with two law firms. They will pursue legal action against those deemed responsible for the collapse. The city intends to hold all involved entities, including the owner, charterer, manager/operator, and the manufacturer of the cargo ship, accountable.

Synergy Marine Group manages the Dali, owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd., both based in Singapore. Danish shipping giant Maersk chartered the vessel. Synergy Marine spokesperson Darrell Wilson stated that the company is fully cooperating with government agencies conducting investigations into the incident.

The FBI’s criminal probe comes amid growing concerns about the safety of bridges across the United States, highlighted by another recent incident where more than two dozen river barges broke loose and struck a closed span in Pittsburgh.