Workers were on break in their cars when Baltimore bridge collapsed, survivor's wife says

SCIENCE & TECH: Workers were on break in their cars when Baltimore bridge collapsed, survivor’s wife says

The wife of one of the construction workers who survived the collapse of a Baltimore bridge said they were on a break when tragedy struck — and that it’s a “miracle” that her husband survived because he can’t swim.

“All of the men were on a break in their cars when the boat hit. We don’t know if they were warned before the impact,” the wife of Julio Cervantes told NBC News on Thursday.

“My husband doesn’t know how to swim. It is a miracle he survived,” added the relieved wife, who didn’t disclose her name.

The workers who were on the Francis Scott Key Bridge when it collapsed were on break in their vehicles at the time of the accident, according to the wife of one of the survivors. AP

Cervantes and seven other construction workers were on the Francis Scott Key Bridge when the disabled container ship Dali crashed into a support pillar, sending the 1.6-mile-long span crashing into the Patapsco River early Tuesday.

He and another man were the only workers who were rescued.

The bodies of Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, were recovered Wednesday from a red pickup truck under 25 feet of water.

The remaining four workers have not been found and are presumed dead.

Miguel Luna remains missing after the disaster.
Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval (right) also has not been found. Courtesy Carlos Suazo

Cervantes’ wife told NBC News that one of the men whose remains were recovered was her brother-in-law, but did not share his name, and added that her nephew is among those missing.

“We haven’t been able to sleep, waiting for word if they’re going to find a relative,” she told the outlet.

Fellow worker Moisés Díaz, who expected to fill potholes on the fateful day until a last-minute schedule change, told CBS News: “Every day we give thanks to God for life.”

He added: “I saw my friends as family members — the ones that died in this tragedy.”

Cervantes managed to crawl out the window of his sinking truck, but his chest was crushed in the frantic escape, Díaz told the news outlet, adding that the survivor was in stable condition Thursday.

The ship’s path before the collision into Baltimore’s Key Bridge. NY Post composite

“He thought, ‘I’m going to die here,’” Díaz said. “And even though he can’t swim, he survived.”

Other workers still missing are Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, 38, a father of two originally from Honduras, and Miguel Luna, 49, a father of three who came to the US from El Salvador almost 20 years ago.

The caught-on-video accident sent shock waves across the country, sparked supply chain concerns and broke the hearts of locals who considered the bridge a city jewel.

President Biden has vowed to reconstruct the span as quickly as possible.

The National Transportation Safety Board and other entities are investigating what caused the crash and subsequent bridge collapse.

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore has warned of a “very long road ahead” to recover from the loss of the bridge as the Biden administration approved $60 million in immediate federal aid.

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