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NTSB Chair Emphasizes Focus On Families After Bridge Collapse

Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has shifted its focus to supporting the families and individuals impacted by the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy emphasized the importance of prioritizing the well-being of those affected during a press briefing following the devastating event.

Homendy stated that the NTSB will collaborate with the Coast Guard and other agencies involved in search and rescue efforts following the collapse, which occurred after a container ship struck the bridge early Tuesday morning. A team of experts will conduct a comprehensive investigation into various factors leading up to the crash, including nautical and vessel operations, safety history, human performance, and engineering aspects.

In addition to the investigative team, highway safety experts and structural engineers will contribute to the examination of the incident. A dedicated family assistance team will be present on-site to provide support to the families and loved ones of those impacted by the collapse.

Homendy stressed that the focus remains on the individuals affected by the tragedy, and efforts are being made to ensure their well-being and support. She refrained from providing specific details on the number of vehicles and workers on the bridge at the time of the collapse, emphasizing the need for verification of such information.

While the investigation into the bridge's safety history and potential deficiencies is ongoing, Homendy acknowledged that obtaining conclusive findings could take up to two years and would not be finalized at the scene. She highlighted the collaborative nature of the response efforts, with multiple entities working together in the command post.

As the investigation progresses, Homendy assured that the NTSB will continue to prioritize the needs of the affected families and individuals. The focus remains on providing support, assistance, and conducting a thorough examination of the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

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