Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Bridge collapse victim's uncle rages at 'incompetence'

Bridge collapse victim's uncle rages at 'incompetence'

Two days before a 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University, an engineer with the company that designed it reportedly noticed cracking in the span.

According to reports, the employee left a voice mail for Florida's department of transportation on Tuesday.

Federal transportation safety officials said Friday night that don't know if any cracking was related to the collapse.

There was "some cracking that's been observed on the north end of the span", the engineer said, according to a transcript of the call.

A FIGG engineer "concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge", FIU said in a statement on Saturday.

Two vehicles containing three bodies were removed from the wreckage of a collapsed Miami bridge Saturday as authorities continued to remove debris in attempt to extract at least four cars still trapped since the span fell two days earlier.

MIAMI, March 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -We are in a state of deep sadness as a result of yesterday's tragedy on the Florida International University (FIU) campus.

Lawyer Tesha Allison, representing TSA worker Jose Perez, told the New Times that a "makeshift bridge" through an area of the airport where employees had to walk through to reach restrooms "broke under [his] weight", causing "multiple broken bones and damage to his spine".

The Florida Transportation Department said on Friday that one of its consultants on the project attended a meeting with members of the bridge design and construction team shortly before the walkway failed and was "not notified of any life-safety issues".

FIGG has worked on more than 230 bridges throughout the United States, and has designed almost 35 miles of bridges in the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico that have withstood multiple hurricanes, she said, adding that all FIGG's bridges are inspected every two years by state departments of transportation.

In the case of the Florida tragedy, engineering experts said the question is where was the fatal mistake: in the design of the bridge, in the way its construction was carried out or in the materials used?

"Hey Tom, this is Denney Pate with FIGG bridge engineers".

"Hopefully waiting to hear good news and if not, they're just waiting to see what the authorities have to say", Meinhofer said. "The collapse of the pedestrian bridge in Miami is an unprecedented event - no other bridge designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. has ever experienced such a collapse".

Because the bridge's central tower and suspension cables were not yet installed, the Miami Herald notes, any cables being tightened were likely wires that ran through the span.

The FIU student was driving under the bridge Thursday when it crashed down.

"Bridges are really very vulnerable when they are under construction, when there are just pieces", he said.

The removal of two crushed vehicles before 7 a.m. followed workers creating space below the concrete, using massive inflatable straps.

Unlike traditional methods of construction, ABC streamlines the building process so that bridge projects can be completed quicker and more cost effectively.

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