Florida bridge collapse: Victim's family demands explanation

Six crosses are being held up by rubble from the pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University as a memorial to the victims

Six crosses are being held up by rubble from the pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University as a memorial to the victims

Hours after the meeting, the pedestrian bridge's 174-foot, 950-ton span crashed down onto the busy eight-lane thoroughfare below, killing six people in cars and injuring nine.

Among those listed in the suit are the design-bridge team FIGG Bridge Engineers and Munilla Construction Management; Bolton Perez & Associates, the consulting engineer; Louis Berger, which conducted an independent peer review of the work; and Network Engineering Services.

A survivor of last week's deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami is suing companies involved in its design and construction.

You do the math.

Lawyers representing Marquise Rashaad Hepburn said he was riding to work Thursday when the bridge came down, forcing a vehicle to veer out of the way and slam into him.

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Many are wondering what caused the bridge's collapse.

It's yet to be determined if the cracking was the cause of the collapse. NTSB investigators said this process could take about a week.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said the tightening of the bridge's inner cables could have contributed to the collapse.

In a statement on Monday, Scott announced that he was "directing FDOT to suspend all future payments of the more than $13.6 million in federal funding originally allocated for this project".

"Before another dollar is spent on this bridge, we must know exactly what happened", Scott said. We have a sense of urgency about getting to the bottom of this accident, and we are cooperating and assisting with authorities.

Inspectors walks over what remains of a pedestrian bridge near Florida International University, Sunday, March 18, 2018 near Miami. The Miami Herald said students and faculty have been asking for a bridge to safely get across the road, especially after an FIU student was hit and killed while attempting to cross the intersection in August. The transcription is below and audio is available HERE: "Hey Tom, this is Denney Pate with FIGG bridge engineers". The north end of the bridge remained in the street, a pickup crushed beneath it, the bodies already removed.

Neither in the telephone call nor during the Thursday morning meeting did the engineer raise life-safety concerns over the crack.

FIGG designed the pedestrian walkway, which was a connection between the FIU campus and the city of Sweetwater, while contractor MCM built and installed it.

"The tragic failure and collapse of the pedestrian bridge at FIU is the subject of an active and ongoing investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as well as local and state law enforcement investigations".

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