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Bridge collapse claims lives of two workers

CEO of Maryland Chamber of Commerce is concerned over economic fallout


The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse early Tuesday resulted in the recovery of two bodies from the Patapsco River, identified as Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26. Four others are still missing and presumed dead, as The Guardian reports.

"These were workers who went out to work on a night shift, repairing the road service while most of us slept," stated US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The incident raises economic worries as the closure of the Port of Baltimore, the nation's ninth busiest and a hub for car shipments, is expected to have a significant impact on supply chains. Mary Kane, President and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, expressed concern over the impending economic fallout.

Investigations into the Singaporean-flagged container ship, the Dali, revealed it was carrying hazardous materials. Though stable, some containers were breached in the crash, posing environmental concerns.

In response, Maryland lawmakers are drafting emergency legislation to support affected workers, while Buttigieg seeks bipartisan support for federal funding to rebuild the bridge and reopen the port.

[With information sourced from The Guardian]

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