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Greek Citizen of Baltimore Speaks to TNH about Bridge Collapse

BALTIMORE – Saddened but also concerned about the long-term consequences of the collapse of the the Francis Scott Key Bridge to the Baltimore area, its impact on businesses and the daily lives of the residents, retired former businessman George Ieromomahos, who lives near the site of the accident, spoke to The National Herald.

Living in the physical and emotional shadow of the disaster, near where a freighter crashed into the famous – and crucial – bridge early Tuesday morning, with six construction workers reported missing presumed dead, Ieromonahos told TNH: “It’s a great tragedy…It was midnight when it happened. My son noticed it around 4 AM, while my daughter called me at 5:00 in the morning. I saw helicopters, boats, and fire trucks. It’s a blessing that the police rushed and stopped the traffic at the last moment so no other vehicles fell, apart from those people already working there.”

He has been living in Baltimore since 1968 and has driven over the Francis Scott Key Bridge thousands of times. He estimates that the event will deeply affect the local economy as well as the daily lives of citizens, as it will take quite some time for the Bridge to be rebuilt. “Over 30-35,000 cars passed through the bridge every day. We will have traffic disruptions that will last for years. The port is the lifeblood of our city and one of the most important in America. It is the main port for the import and export of cars, while cruise ships also depart from here. At the moment, many ships are stranded in the port – containers, military, and other commercial,” vessels Ieromonahos said.

Members of his family, who own the G&M Restaurant, located in a central spot in the city of Baltimore, are also shaken up. “The feelings are reminiscent of the fall of the Twin Towers. Fortunately, not so many human lives were lost, but we are all very saddened,” Ieromonachos concluded.

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