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Fourth body recovered after Baltimore bridge collapse

The body of a fourth construction worker who died after a bridge collapsed when it was struck by a container ship in the US city of Baltimore last month has been recovered, officials said.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge, a major transit route into the busy city and port of Baltimore, collapsed on 26 March when the Dali container ship lost power and collided into a support column, killing six roadway construction workers.

The Key Bridge response team’s Unified Command said it had recovered the body of the “fourth missing construction worker” yesterday at the site of the bridge collapse.

“Unified Command salvage teams located what they believed to be one of the missing construction vehicles and promptly notified” Maryland state police, according to a statement.

Authorities “responded and located a deceased victim trapped inside the vehicle,” it added, without identifying the deceased.

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena said that the body of Mexican national Carlos Daniel Hernandez, who had worked on the bridge, was recovered.

The 300m Dali ship had managed to issue a Mayday call in the moments before the collision

“Carlos Daniel represents our Mexican workers in the United States,” she wrote on social media site X.

Another Mexican national identified as 35-year-old Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes was also killed.

His remains were located soon after the collapse, as were those of 26-year-old Guatemalan Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera.

Dive teams recovered the body of another missing worker, 38-year-old Maynor Yasir Suazo-Sandoval, on 5 April, Unified Command said this month.

The 300m Dali ship had managed to issue a Mayday call in the moments before the collision which gave police time to stop traffic on the bridge, likely saving lives.

However, an eight-man construction crew repairing potholes on the bridge could not be reached in time and plummeted with the tons of concrete and twisted steel into the Patapsco River.

Two workers were rescued alive, one briefly hospitalised and the other uninjured.

The FBI has launched a criminal probe targeting the container ship, US media has reported.

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