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Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating the events that preceded it collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The FBI currently has agents on the Dali, the ship that crashed into the bridge, a remarkable shift in posture.

The research, which seems separate from the ongoing investigation by the National Transportation Safety Boardis being led by the Maryland US Attorney's office and the FBI, which have had representatives at the crash site for weeks.

The Washington Post was the first to report news of the federal investigation.

An FBI spokesman said in a statement Monday: “The FBI is present aboard the freighter Dali conducting court-authorized law enforcement activities. No other public information is available and we will have no further comments”. A Department of Justice spokesman confirmed that federal agents are on board.

In a statement released Monday, Maryland U.S. Attorney Erek Barron said, “Generally, my office will not confirm the existence of investigations or otherwise comment on investigations. However, the public should know whether it is gun violence, civil rights abuses, fraud, or any other threat to public safety or property, we will demand accountability for anyone who may be responsible.”

Attorneys for the corporation that owns the Dali did not immediately respond to CBS News' request for comment.



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