FBI Launches CRIMINAL Investigation Into Francis Scott Key Bridge Catastrophe

By Lisa Pelgin | Tuesday, 16 April 2024 10:55 AM
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has initiated a criminal probe into the recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, as confirmed by an anonymous source to The Associated Press.

The investigation, initially reported by the Washington Post, is primarily focused on the Dali, a 985-foot container ship. The inquiry is examining whether the ship's crew departed from the Port of Baltimore despite being aware of significant system malfunctions on the vessel.

The FBI is scrutinizing the sequence of events that culminated in the ship losing power and subsequently colliding with a support pillar of the bridge. This information was disclosed by two U.S. officials familiar with the situation, as reported by the Post. The FBI, in a statement to Fox News Digital, verified that the bureau is "conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity" aboard the Dali. The bureau declined to provide further details, stating, "There is no other public information available, and we will have no further comment."

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Erek L. Barron, the U.S. Attorney for Maryland, refrained from confirming or commenting on the investigation. However, he assured the public in a statement to the Post that his office would "seek accountability for anyone who may be responsible" for threats to public safety or property, including gun violence, civil rights abuse, and financial fraud.

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The FBI's criminal investigation is distinct from the inquiry being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board, which is tasked with determining the cause of the bridge's collapse and assessing safety protocols.

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President Biden and Democratic Maryland Governor Wes Moore have committed to holding the relevant parties accountable. The White House swiftly dismissed any speculation of malicious intent or terrorism following the collapse on March 26, which resulted in the deaths of six construction crew members, while two others survived. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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