Florida bridge collapse: Victim's family demands explanation

Florida bridge collapse: Victim's family demands explanation

Florida bridge collapse: Victim's family demands explanation

Following a stress-test of the bridge, which had sustained cracking days before, the massive, 174-foot concrete slab came crashing down just before 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Among those listed in Hepburn's complaint are FIGG Bridge Engineers and Munilla Construction Management, who acted as a unified design-build team for the $14.2 million project.

Students returned to Florida International University on Monday for their first day of classes since a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed last week and killed six people including a student at the school.

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

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Hepburn is reportedly asking for more than $15,000 in damages.

MCM was sued earlier this month for alleged faulty construction of a bridge built at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. "From a safety perspective, we don't see that there's any issue there, so we're not concerned about it".


"I was calling to share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that's been observed", Denney Pate said in the voicemail.

FIU's statement followed the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) revelation on the Friday night that the bridge's lead engineer, an employee of the bridge's designer, FIGG, had warned of cracking on the north end of the span by telephone two days before the collapse, but his voicemail was not heard by the intended FDOT employee until the day after the collapse.

An accelerated construction method was supposed to reduce risks to workers and pedestrians and minimize traffic disruption, the university said. The bridge wasn't scheduled to open until 2019. "Although obviously the cracking is not good and something's going to have to be, ya know, done to fix that".

Another dispute resulted in a $143,000 judgment against MCM over an "arguable collapse" at a Miami-Dade bridge project. This meeting was attended by representatives for FIU and FDOT. The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine the cause of the accident, and the Miami-Dade Police Department is conducting a separate homicide investigation to determine if anyone should face criminal charges.

"The additional post-tensioning operations were performed five days after placing the span into its final position, and two days after noticing the first cracks in the structure", the complaint states.

The nation was rocked by the recent news of the Florida International University bridge collapse, and now the college campus has finally reopened.

"We are of the opinion that this tragedy was foreseeable and could have been prevented", he said.

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