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UPDATE: Buttigieg’s Cheyenne tour canceled due to Baltimore Key bridge collapse; secretary of state to reschedule visit

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks during the National Action Network Convention on April 4, 2019, in New York. (Shutterstock)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s trip to Cheyenne has been abruptly canceled in the wake of the Baltimore Key bridge collapsing early Tuesday morning, a U.S. Department of Transportation spokesperson told Cap City News.

Buttigieg was slated to visit Cheyenne and meet with Gov. Mark Gordon on Tuesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The purpose of his trip was to highlight investments from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, as well as tour infrastructure projects currently in progress on US30 and Interstate 80. The secretary of state was also planning to hold a news conference for members of the media during his trip to the Wyoming capital.

Buttigieg and his team are planning to reschedule his Cheyenne appearance to take place sometime within the coming months, a spokesperson with the DOT told Cap City News.

The Baltimore Key bridge collapsed around 1:30 a.m. EST after a cargo ship lost power and struck one of the structure’s support pillars, the Associated Press reports. A construction crew and several vehicles fell into the water. Two individuals have been rescued, while six are still missing at the time of reporting. A search-and-rescue effort is currently underway.


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