Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Death Toll Now at 6 in FIU Bridge Collapse

Death Toll Now at 6 in FIU Bridge Collapse

Now, it will be up to courts and investigators to figure out what went wrong and who's to blame, as the university, state Department of Transportation, engineers, contractors, designers and others involved in the project go on the offensive.

"I think a lot of people aren't going to forget this", he said.

FIU belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and is one of Florida's primary graduate research universities, awarding over 3,400 graduate and professional degrees annually.[7] The university offers 191 programs of study with more than 280 majors in 23 colleges and schools.

The $14.2 million pedestrian bridge was lifted into place Saturday and scheduled to open in 2019 to provide safe passage over Southwest Eight Street, also known as U.S. Highway 41, between the community of Sweetwater and the campus of Florida International University.

She turned around to see what looked like the scene from an quake. It made no sense.

"Why would they have brought the bridge down during the day?" she thought as it fell in front of her, as she was stopped at a red light just one intersection away. The 950- ton new bridge collapsed Thursday, March 15, over several cars causing several fatalities and injuries.

A spokeswoman for Miami-Dade's Transportation and Public Works Department told the media outlet that the surveillance footage seen in the clip came from the county's traffic camera near the scene, but said that device isn't set up to preserve footage.

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Accelerated bridge construction, or ABC, involves assembling large sections of a span offsite, then moving the massive pieces into place all at once.

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"This is the 21st-century solution to bridge building", said Marc Rosenker who is the former chairman of the NTSB. And the sergeant, the doctor and the bystander took turns doing chest compressions.

The falling concrete has already claimed six lives, and rescuers kept looking for bodies in the ruins of the structure, including that of the young woman who was at the wheel, Alexa Duran, whose family said she was dead. "There was tragedy everywhere".

The friend, Manny Perez, told the paper Duran was "the funniest person I know" and "an awesome person". Cowart said the whole structure is considered "unsafe", especially for investigators conducting the recovery efforts.

"That is the disturbing part", he said, "We don't know at this moment where she is".

Officers and others rushed to an SUV that was partially crushed underneath.

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She later learned the boy didn't survive, WFOR reported.

Brewer became emotional while speaking about the families, saying she hopes "they get peace in their hearts".

"They were able to take a piece of wood, and civilians (and) officers pried that door open and pulled him out of the back seat of that auto", she said. Another part fell on the hood of a auto with a husband and wife inside - safe.

Through tears, Mejia described the experience as "very, very traumatic".

She started crawling under the bridge to get to vehicles there.

That snapped Mendez back to reality. "I don't have words for that", Carol Fraga said through tears. "But I just don't feel so lucky right now".

Mark Rosenberg, the president of FIU, said the university was heartbroken about the death of the as yet unnamed student.

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"I was seconds away from being caught under that", she said.

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