Baltimore bridge collapse: FBI opens criminal probe, focus on crew’s role

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NEW YORK: FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the Baltimore bridge collapse incident that will also look into whether the ship, mostly manned by Indians, left the key US port “knowing the vessel had serious systems problems”, authorities said on Monday.
The 2.6-km-long, four-lane Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Patapsco River collapsed on March 26 after the 984-foot ship ‘Dali’ collided against it.The crew of the ship, which apparently lost power, included 20 Indians and one Sri Lankan. Six construction workers who were repairing potholes on the bridge fell into the river and died.
Washington Post reported on Monday that the FBI has opened a criminal investigation “focusing on the massive container ship that brought down the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore last month – a probe that will look at least in part at whether the crew left the port knowing the vessel had serious systems problems.”
FBI was aboard Dali conducting court-authorised law enforcement activity, the agency said. It didn’t elaborate and said it wouldn’t comment further on the probe. The National Transportation Safety Board has been investigating why the 213-million-pound ship lost power and crashed into the 47-year-old bridge. The probe has been focused on engine room equipment, the NTSB said last week.
Meanwhile, Baltimore mayor announced a partnership with two law firms to “launch legal action to hold the wrongdoers responsible” and mitigate harm to city residents.

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