Orioles honor Maryland Transportation Authority’s quick response to bridge collapse before opening day

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Before the archetypal transportation astatine Camden Yards to footwear disconnected the 2024 MLB season, the Baltimore Orioles honored the Maryland Transportation Authority for its speedy effect aft the cargo vessel clang that destroyed the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The vas struck the Baltimore bridge, named aft the antheral who wrote America's nationalist anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," March 26.

Two bodies person been recovered during the hunt for victims aft the span collapsed. 

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Orioles caller   ownership radical  stands for nationalist  anthem

The Baltimore Orioles' caller ownership radical (left to right), including Mitchell Goldstein, Michael Smith, Michael Arougheti and David Rubinstein joined Maryland Governor Wes Moore and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott for the nationalist anthem anterior to a crippled against the Los Angeles Angels astatine Oriole Park astatine Camden Yards.  (Mitch Stringer/USA Today Sports)

As Camden Yards waited for the reigning AL East-champion Orioles to instrumentality the field, members of the MDTA were saluted arsenic they stood down location plate. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore stood adjacent to them applauding on with the crowd.

Sgt. Paul Pastorek, K9 Unit, a 13-year veteran; Cpl. Jeremy Herbert, Central Command Detachment, a 19-year veteran; and Officer Garry Kirts, Central Command Detachment, a six-year veteran, were saluted successful the 3rd inning.

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Moore besides added a photo connected X.

The MDTA responded swiftly to marque definite the span would beryllium unopen down to approaching travelers, and audio from a dispatch went nationalist to amusement however rapidly the squad knew thing was wrong.

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"I request 1 of you guys connected the southbound side, 1 of you guys connected the northbound side. Hold each postulation connected the Key Bridge. There’s a vessel approaching that conscionable mislaid their steering. So, until we get that nether control, we’ve got to halt each traffic," 1 MDTA serviceman said earlier the vessel rammed into the bridge. 

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Maryland Governor Wes Moore astatine  Orioles game

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott (left) talks with Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (right) anterior to the Baltimore Orioles' crippled against the Los Angeles Angels astatine Oriole Park astatine Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA Today Sports)

Emergency crews were dispatched conscionable minutes aft the vessel crashed into a enactment pillar and the span collapsed into the Patapsco River. First responders instantly entered the water, reporting radical that were connected the bridge. 

Moore is seeking $60 cardinal successful exigency funds to fast-track span reconstruction. 

General presumption    of Camden Yards connected  Opening Day 2024

The Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Angels basal for the nationalist anthem connected opening time astatine Oriole Park astatine Camden Yards March 28, 2024, successful Baltimore. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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The Orioles blew retired the Los Angeles Angels, 11-3, and Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander slugged their archetypal location runs of the season. 

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