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Maryland lawmaker ‘surprised’ by FBI probe into collapsed Baltimore bridge

by The Grio

U.S. Rep. Glenn Ivey, D-Md., told theGrio that he is “surprised” that the FBI has launched a criminal investigation into the ship that crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore last month, claiming the lives of six people.

“I certainly expected personal injury lawyers to be retained and brought into this by the individual families who lost family members,” said Ivey. “A judge must have concluded that the agency had probable cause that criminal acts may have been committed, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to result in criminal charges.”

The Washington Post first reported the FBI investigation, in which agency authorities went aboard the Dali cargo ship on Monday to determine what the circumstances were that led to the deadly incident and whether the Dali’s operators complied with federal laws.

This investigation comes as the city of Baltimore aims to hold the Dali’s owner and staff legally responsible for the financial loss sustained by the accident.

On Monday, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott announced that the city would partner with two law firms to “mitigate” the harm caused to city residents.

In a statement obtained by theGrio, Scott said, “…with the ship’s owner filing a petition to limit its liability mere days after the incident, we need to act equally as quickly to protect the City’s interests.”

Adam Levitt, co-founder of DiCello Levitt and one of the attorneys working with the city, said in a statement obtained by theGrio that this is “one of the largest inner-city maritime disasters in U.S. history.”

Levitt added that his law firm “will bring significant economic and environmental loss claims on behalf of the City of Baltimore” against Dali’s owner and staff.

Both the FBI investigation and the city’s lawsuit against Dali operatives come nearly three weeks after the Dali crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge at 1:30 a.m. on March 26, killing six…

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