News Update!!: Miami, FL: Latest Information: Deadly Pedestrian Bridge Collapse.
Here is the latest information regarding a deadly pedestrian bridge collapse that occurred on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 near the campus of Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
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On Sunday, the Miami-Dade Police Department identified the 6th victim of the pedestrian bridge collapse as 39 year old Brandon Brownfield.
The Miami-Dade Police Department identified on Saturday 5 victims of the pedestrian bridge collapse as 18 year old Alexa Durán; 57 year old Oswald Gonzalez; 53 year old Alberto Arias; 60 year old Rolando Fraga Hernandez; and 37 year old Navarro Brown.
Florida International University will hold a moment of silence honoring those killed in a pedestrian bridge collapse starting at 1:47pm ET on Monday, March 18th, 2018.
Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg invited the university community and the general public to participate in the moment of silence.
A message from President Rosenberg. Tomorrow we will have a moment of silence at 1:47p.m. Please join us wherever you are and keep the victims and the families in your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/P17gxhVWHt
— FIU (@FIU) March 18, 2018
“Our hearts continue to ache for the victims of the bridge collapse. Futures and families have been shattered. Our deepest condolences to the families and their friends,” Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg said in a video posted to the Florida International University official Twitter page.
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New information released by the Florida Department of Transportation (F.D.O.T.) states that engineers working on the new pedestrian bridge near the campus of Florida International University attempted to warn state officials of cracks on the walkway a few days before the deadly collapse on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 that killed at least 6 people.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation (F.D.O.T.), an engineer for the company that designed the new pedestrian bridge near Florida International University left a voice mail 2 days earlier for a Florida Department of Transportation employee advising there was “some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span.”
The state employee was out on assignment on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 and didn’t hear the voice mail from W. Denney Pate of FIGG Bridge Engineers, the company that led the design of the new pedestrian bridge, until he returned to the office Friday, March 16th, 2018.
W. Denney Pate’s voice mail said the design company didn’t see any safety concerns on the new pedestrian bridge project, but that the cracking was not a good development and would have to be repaired.
According to a transcript from the Florida Department of Transportation (F.D.O.T.), the voice mail said, “Hey Tom, this is Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Engineers. Calling to, uh, share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span, the pylon end of that span we moved this weekend. Um, so, uh, we’ve taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective although obviously the cracking is not good and something’s going to have to be, ya know, done to repair that. At any rate, I wanted to chat with you about that because I suspect at some point that’s gonna get to your desk. So, uh, at any rate, call me back when you can. Thank you. Bye.”
New information comes as the National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) disclosed that construction crews were working on diagonal components on the north end of a future pedestrian bridge when the structure collapsed.
The National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) investigator in charge, Robert Accetta, said Friday night it was too early to tell whether the bridge failed at the point construction workers were applying post-tensioning force to strengthen diagonal members.
When asked about the cracking, Robert Accetta said, “I would have to say that a crack in the bridge does not necessarily mean that it is unsafe.”
In a statement, FIGG Bridge Engineers said, “FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc., continues to work diligently with the construction team to help determine the cause of the collapse of the pedestrian bridge that was under construction at Florida International University. We are heartbroken by the loss of life and injuries, and are carefully examining the steps that our team has taken in the interest of our overarching concern for public safety. The evaluation was based on the best available information at that time and indicated that there were no safety issues. We will pursue answers to find out what factors led to this tragic situation, but it is important that the agencies responsible for investigating this devastating situation are given the appropriate time in order to accurately identify what factors led to the accident during construction. We are committed to working with all appropriate authorities throughout this process.”
At least 6 people were killed by the force of the 950-ton pedestrian bridge that crossed over Southwest 8th Street near 109th Avenue.
The 174 foot long pedestrian bridge was scheduled to open in early 2019 and was built to allow students living across the busy roadway to cross safely.
On Saturday, the Miami-Dade Police Department identified 5 of the victims of the pedestrian bridge collapse as 18 year old Alexa Durán; 57 year old Oswald Gonzalez; 53 year old Alberto Arias; 60 year old Rolando Fraga Hernandez; and 37 year old Navarro Brown.
According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, the identities of the victims were released after crews worked to extracted the victims from the debris of the collapsed pedestrian bridge.
In addition to the 6 people who were killed, at least 10 people were injured.
Friday evening, Florida International University said that they are providing free mental health and counseling services to students, faculty, staff and any members of the community who were affected by the incident.
Florida International University plans to host a vigil at 10:00am ET on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.
** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the deadly pedestrian bridge collapse. **
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A new pedestrian bridge that was scheduled to open in early 2019 near collapsed on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 near the campus of Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
The 174 foot long bridge, which crosses over Southwest 8th Street near 109th Avenue and was built to allow students living across the busy roadway to cross safely, collapsed on top of vehicles, with at least two vehicles could be seen pinned by massive slabs of concrete.
Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol are confirming multiple fatalities and several vehicles.
Reports that there are multiple fatalities have been reported when
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue are treated a total of 5 patients, with a patient being transported as a trauma alert to Kendall Regional Hospital.
The school released a statement shortly after the tragic collapse.
Motorists in the area are being asked to advised to avoid the area on Southwest 8th Street between Southwest 107th Avenue and the Turnpike.
Motorists are being rerouted to Flagler Street and Coral Way.
Florida International University is currently on spring break and classes are not in session.
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