BALTIMORE — Watching the Key Bridge collapse is a surprising second for a lot of. Imagine being one of many final to cross it earlier than the autumn.

It began out as a daily commute to work for Larry DeSantis. He’s a head baker at Herman’s Bakery in Dundalk.

The similar commute he is been taking for nearly 16 years. He was in for a shock when he set to work.

“It felt bizarre, like eerie, like one thing in a film, one thing is happening,” mentioned DeSantis.

A terrifying second for DeSantis realizing he was minutes away from being on the Key Bridge when it collapsed.

It was 1:18 within the morning on March 26 when DeSantis left his first job in Pasadena, working two jobs, he was commuting to Herman’s Bakery in Dundalk.

“I bought as much as the highest of the bridge after which there was a bunch of employees there which is fairly regular for that bridge, they’re at all times engaged on that bridge,” mentioned DeSantis.

He bought off Key Bridge solely to get on one other bridge.

“Once I bought to Bear Creek Bridge, which is just a pair hundred yards away, they have been engaged on that bridge additionally,” mentioned Desantis.

Down to at least one lane, DeSantis mentioned he was extraordinarily targeted, however one thing felt off as he bought nearer to work. “I’m sitting there on the mild and I noticed no site visitors, no vans, no nothing and that is proper at Amazon the place on any given morning, I do not care what day of the week, we normally see 20 or 30 Amazon vans going up and down the street, there was nothing.”

DeSantis mentioned it was 1:42 within the morning when he punched in for work. NTSB mentioned the bridge collapsed at 1:29 a.m.

“A short while later, one of many ladies got here in, she mentioned ‘oh I’m so glad to see your truck within the car parking zone,’ she mentioned trigger I heard the bridge collapsed,” mentioned DeSantis.

It was an prompt second of shock.

“If I had stopped one minute, I may not be right here speaking to you proper now, when it sinks in, it is scary,” mentioned DeSantis.

Ultimately, he feels somebody is watching over him, sending a message, “you must reside your life, and deal with individuals proper and do what’s proper.”

DeSantis mentioned he was very targeted when heading to work and didn’t really hear the collapse. As for the commute, now he should take the tunnel which provides about ten minutes if he doesn’t hit site visitors.