Maryland governor holds press conference following Baltimore bridge collapse

Watch live as Maryland officials hold a press conference following the collapse of the Key Bridge in Baltimore.

Maryland Governor Wes Moore, US Senator Chris Van Hollen, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, and US Coast Guard officials will provide an update on the joint efforts underway after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Tuesday, 26 March.

Cranes have arrived to help clear the wreckage, which officials say is an essential step before recovery efforts to find the missing construction workers.

One of the cranes, the Chesapeake 1000, is capable of lifting 1,000 tonnes — but the bridge is estimated to weigh around three or four times that, so it will need to be cut into sections, Maryland governor Wes Moore said.

Divers have recovered two bodies of the missing construction workers, who were repairing the bridge at the time of the collision. The remaining four victims are believed to be trapped beneath the water.

President Joe Biden said on Friday, 29 March, that he will visit Baltimore next week. He also announced he has approved $60m in initial aid to rebuild the bridge.

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