FACT CHECK: No, Mitch McConnell’s Sister-In-Law Was Not CEO Of Shipping Company That Hit Baltimore Bridge

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Instagram claims the sister-in-law of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was CEO of the company owning the ship that struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence for this claim. McConnell’s sister-in-law worked was CEO of a different shipping company.

Fact Check:

A container ship lost power and struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to collapse on Tuesday at 1:30 a.m., according to NBC News. Six people fell into the frigid water below and are presumed dead, the outlet reported.

An Instagram post claims McConnell’s sister-in-law was the CEO of the shipping company that owned the ship that struck the Baltimore bridge.

“PLEASE READ THIS! IT’S IMPORTANT! McConnell’s sister in law that recently drowned in a Tesla is listed as the CEO of the company that owns the ship that hit the bridge,” the image’s text reads.

This claim is inaccurate, however. McConnell’s sister-in-law, Angela Chao, died in February after driving her Tesla into a lake while intoxicated, according to CNN. She was CEO of shipping company Foremost Group, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Does Video Show Explosion At Francis Scott Key Bridge?)

The ship involved in the incident, known as “DALI,” was owned by Synergy Marine Group, which published a press release following the tragedy.

Check Your Fact reached out to Synergy Marine Group for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter