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Jamaican Man Among Six Killed in Bridge Collapse at Florida University

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Gerardo Duncan | 20 March, 2018, 04:52

Some observed a moment of silence at 1:47 p.m., when the bridge collapsed.

During the meeting before the collapse, there were no concerns expressed about the safety of the bridge or whether the cracks would pose a problem. Figg Bridge Engineers knew that there was cracking evident, but nothing was done to try to correct the issue before it collapsed.

Marquis Hepburn, who said he was riding his motorcycle to work when the bridge collapsed, injuring him, sued bridge contractor FIGG, and four other companies working on the project in Miami-Dade County Courts, seeking financial damages.

Statements have been issued by several of the organisations involved in last week's fatal collapse of a bridge that was under construction in Florida, USA, though the cause is not not yet know. Brown was removed from the rubble alive, but later died at a hospital. There is no clear indication as to what exactly caused the collapse.

Questions are also being raised over work by construction crews who were post-tensioning cables that ran inside a diagonal beam at the north end of the structure at or close to the time of the collapse, according to reports.

That time marks the moment on Thursday when the bridge came down along Southwest Eighth Street.

He was on spring break when the bridge fell, but he said the experiences of the victims trapped beneath the bridge had been weighing on his mind.

The engineer, identified by the Florida Department of Transportation as Denney Pate, left a voicemail for a state official who was not in the office and did not hear the message until the day after the collapse.

Inspectors walks over what remains of a pedestrian bridge near Florida International University, Sunday, March 18, 2018 near Miami.

"If there's a crack in the bridge why is the motoring public still able to travel under the bridge?"

Hepburn suffered spinal injuries during the incident and is still recovering, the attorney said.

But aside from that, and this is truly incredible, Munilla Construction Management (MCM), a Cuban-American, family-owned company founded in 1983 had been sued for faulty work before. The transportation department was involved from a logistical standpoint, dispensing federal funding for the project and giving the parties permission to construct the bridge over a state road. We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why.

FIGG said in a statement: "We are aware that a lawsuit has been announced regarding the pedestrian bridge accident".

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