Survivor of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse breaks silence: ‘I relive it all the time’

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The sole subsister of a activity unit that was wiped retired successful nan deadly illness of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge has spoken retired for nan first clip — and says he relives nan calamity to this day.

“I relive it each nan time, nan minutes earlier that autumn and erstwhile I’m falling,” Julio Cervantes Suarez told NBC’s “Today” show Thursday, almost 4 months aft nan tragedy. “I deliberation possibly location is still a extremity for me.”

Cervantes Suarez, 37, was portion of a unit of 7 workers patching potholes connected nan doomed span connected March 26 erstwhile nan span was deed by a monolithic cargo vessel and crumpled into nan Patapsco River.

Julio Cervantes Suarez, 37, was nan only personnel of a roadworthy building unit to past nan illness of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge connected March 26. NBC / TODAY
The Dali, a monolithic cargo ship, mislaid powerfulness and struck nan Francis Scott Key Bridge successful Baltimore connected March 26. AP

Among nan different members of nan mislaid unit were his nephew and his brother-in-law, he said.

He said nan workers were each successful their vehicles taking a break erstwhile nan Dali, bound for Sri Lanka, mislaid powerfulness and floated into 1 of nan bridge’s support columns, collapsing nan span.

Cervantes Suarez’s motortruck fell 18 stories into nan acheronian waters.

“That’s erstwhile I realized what happened,” he told “Today” during nan question and reply successful Spanish. “I looked astatine nan span and it was nary longer there.”

Cervantes Suarez said he doesn’t cognize really to swim, but was fortunate that nan motortruck had manual windows, which allowed him to unfastened them and float to information aft nan h2o reached his neck.

He was capable to make his measurement to a portion of nan collapsed span — past began calling retired to his co-workers by name.

Six members of a roadworthy building unit were killed successful nan March 26 illness of nan Francis Scott Key Bridge. NBC / TODAY

“But nary 1 answered me,” he said of nan achy infinitesimal he knew they were gone.

With nan ray connected his building helmet someway still functioning, he hung connected until rescue crews arrived.

Heartbroken complete nan nonaccomplishment of his friends and relatives, Cervantes Suarez and nan families of those mislaid successful nan tragic mishap person announced plans to record a suit against nan cargo ship’s owners.

Video of nan Francis Scott Key Bridge illness shows that nan Dali mislaid powerfulness soon earlier it struck a awesome support column. National Transportation Safety Board / Youtube /AFP via Getty Images

“He ingested each of that bad water,” Justin Miller, 1 of nan survivor’s attorneys, told “Today.” “He has a torn meniscus. He has different kinds of psychological problems that he’s going to woody pinch forever.”

Dramatic video footage captured nan horrifying crash, showing nan cargo vessel spell acheronian and glide into 1 of nan main support columns, dropping nan main span of nan span into nan river.

According to consequent reports, nan Dali suffered earlier powerfulness blackouts arsenic precocious arsenic 10 hours earlier nan Key Bridge mishap erstwhile unit members mistakenly unopen disconnected an exhaust damper.


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