Cracks in Miami Bridge Reported 2 Days Prior to Collapse

The investigation why the bridge collapsed is underway

The investigation why the bridge collapsed is underway

It was uncertain if those cracks, observed at the north end of the 950-ton structure, contributed to the catastrophic collapse on Thursday.

On Friday afternoon, crews started the risky job of demolition as investigators began their work, which includes looking into reports a stress-test was being done when the walkway collapsed.

Aref suggested investigators would quickly find the cause of the collapse.

He said the crews hope to have every body removed by the end of the day Saturday, "but no guarantees".

Of the six that remain, four are hard to take out said the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Rolando Fraga Hernandez and his gold Jeep Cherokee were pulled from the wreckage Saturday.

Another victim, 37-year-old Navaro Brown, was a bridge employee who was killed when the concrete caved down. The FIU freshman was studying political science. "It was too quick to do anything about it", Humble told The Associated Press.

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The department said the message mentioned a problem, but did not warn that structural failure was imminent. "It's like still a flimsy structure".

"We've taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done", Pate said. "We need to figure out what's happening quickly and do any mitigating actions to prevent further progression of damage and ultimately collapse, ' as we saw here".

Miami Commissioner Xavier Suarez, a civil engineer by trade, was incredulous that the road was not closed while work was being done on the bridge.

The meeting involved representatives from FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall design of the bridge, the university, Florida Department of Transportation officials and MunillaConstruction Management (MCM), which installed the bridge. Questions about the bridge's design and construction are just beginning.

"Obviously the cracking is not good and something's going to have to be, ya know, done to fix that", Pate said.

"We're going to all want to do our best to find out exactly what happened here, and we will do that in a transparent manner", he said. It also asked for time to accurately determine what led to the accident.

The under-construction bridge was meant to connect the FIU campus to the Sweetwater neighborhood, home to more than 4,000 of its students, according to a news release on the school's website.

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The goal of the $14 million project was to provide a safe path over the busy highway after the death of an FIU student past year.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Sanchez said until that time, SW 8th Street will remain closed between 107th and 117th Avenues.

His first priority was clearing the area and getting the dead to their families.

He said the process of recovering the remaining cars was arduous. It was built under a method called accelerated bridge construction, which FIU helped to popularize beginning in 2010 but has been around in some form for about 30 years.

Verrastro said these projects are constructed with "very specific sequencing" and phases.

"I was trying to get people to realize my friend was still in there", he said.

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