The mission has moved from rescue to recovery for the people who were on the Francis Scott Key Bridge yesterday morning

March 27 – Reports have suggested there were eight people working on repairing the Francis Scott Key Bridge early yesterday morning when a cargo ship crashed into the structure, collapsing a large portion of the bridge. 

Two people were recovered from the icy waters, but the others have not been found and are presumed dead. 

So efforts have shifted from a rescue operation to recovery of the bodies.

The people on the bridge were workers fixing the structure. 

The investigation as to what happened is still ongoing and conspiracy theories are running rampant. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “The NTSB is there, the FBI. Governor Moore is saying that all indications are this was an accident. But no one’s ruling out anything at this point. The Wall Street Journal today has a deep dive on these six men that are presumed to be dead. When we talked yesterday, I think all of us, myself included, assumed that these deaths were people in cars that fell into the water and yes, apparently there were cars that fell into the water, but those are not the people that died. The six deaths are Mexican and Honduran workers that were working on the bridge when it collapsed. They were repairing potholes, like many transportation authorities, they do these things in the wee hours of the morning when there’s no traffic. I guess there were eight of these workers, two of them have survived. The other six are the ones that are missing, presumed dead. The Journal actually interviews their families, just awful, sad, sad situations. Some are pointing out, a few of these that are presumed dead, may have also saved a lot of lives. When that mayday call came in, the workers immediately did things to cut traffic off from coming onto the bridge because they were afraid of what was about to happen. That may have saved a lot of lives by them doing that.”

With the bridge no longer in operation, it will likely affect a lot of the supply chain. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “The American Trucking Association says nearly 4,900 trucks traveled that bridge every day. That’s a 30 mile reroute. The vehicles, coal and machinery expected to be hit the hardest. I see General Motors and Ford planning to reroute their shipments to other East Coast ports. But you’re talking about that go-around, your costs are certainly going to go up on that piece of the billions and daily commerce and the thousands of trucks counting the bridge now facing that big detour.” 

Barkdoll said, “Hundreds of additional dollars per pallet is the estimate I saw from an economist yesterday this is going to create because of what you’re describing, the detour, the increased costs. Baltimore’s a top 10 port when it comes to import and export of goods in the US and of course a lot of that is this immediate region. One of the articles I read talked about how they supply a lot of these Amazon warehouses through that port. It’s everything. Yes, it’s machinery, it’s cars, but it’s even things just paper products, consumer products. So to the extent they will keep coming in and out of that port through the detour, hundreds of dollars of additional costs per pallet, that’s undoubtedly going to get passed along to consumers. Hard to say when we’re going to see that, but you can safely assume that soon you’re going to see higher prices on a lot of products and it’s going to be directly related to this issue.”