Biden tells of train journeys over collapsed Baltimore bridge ... that never had tracks

President Joe Biden addresses the nation after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge
Joe Biden said he had crossed the bridge 'many many times' by car and train during an address to the nation - Evan Vucci/AP
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Joe Biden claimed he had travelled over the collapsed Baltimore bridge “many many times” by both car and train, despite the structure not having any railway lines.

In an address to the country after the destruction of the iconic Francis Scott Key Bridge yesterday, the US president promised to provide federal funds to rebuild it and protect the livelihoods of workers at the Port of Baltimore.

He said he was familiar with the bridge, having used it to travel from his home state of Delaware to Washington.

“About 1.30am, a container ship struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which I have been over many many times, commuting from the state of Delaware by train or by car,” he said.

“I’ve been to Baltimore harbour many times.”

The bridge did not have any railway lines, and has been exclusively used as a roadway since it was built in the early 1970s.

‘Confused again’

Mr Biden has spoken extensively about his use of the Amtrak train to travel between his home and Washington while serving as a senator between 1973 and 2009.

The Amtrak line does travel through Baltimore, but skirts around the city centre rather than using the bridge to cross the river. It does not travel across the harbour.

The official X account of the Donald Trump campaign posted the clip of Mr Biden’s speech, calling the president “confused again”.

“There are no train tracks on the Francis Scott Key Bridge,” it said.

Mr Biden has slightly recovered his public image in recent weeks, receiving a small poll bounce versus Mr Trump but remaining between one and two points behind his rival, according to an average of the latest surveys.

Some of his recent gains have been attributed to his State of the Union speech, where the gaffes anticipated by pundits and his opponents did not materialise.

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