Crack in FIU pedestrian bridge didn't raise red flags before it collapsed

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" 'Whoever is going to investigate, they will ask the fundamental question: shouldn't the tower be there, and the cables ready to connect to the structure, when you lift it?' Aref said".

Three bodies in two vehicles were pulled Saturday morning from the concrete debris of the Florida International University bridge collapse.

On Saturday, crews worked to extract the first two crushed vehicles from underneath the collapsed span.

An engineer at Figg Bridge Group left a voicemail about cracks in a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University two days before it collapsed.

The state employee was out on assignment that day.

"Any bridge with concrete, that's made of concrete, there's always cracks", said Verrastro, who has been an engineer for 42 years.

Utah started using the ABC technique in 2007 and it has since become the primary way bridges are built, with more than 200 of them around the state, said Carmen Swanwick, chief structural engineer with the state Transportation Department.

At least one MCM project resulted in a lawsuit concerning safety, CNN has learned. He said the bridge would need repairs, but that from a safety perspective the company wasn't concerned.

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The cables supporting the span of the bridge were being tightened following a "stress test" when it collapsed, it has been revealed - but the DoT said it had not been notified of the test.

"The bridge was about collaboration, about neighborliness, about doing the right thing", he said.

Sen. Bill Nelson is asking the US Department of Transportation for documents related to the "engineering, design, construction, safety and inspection".

"Please keep all affected families and victims in your thoughts and prayers as we continue our recovery efforts", wrote the MDPD on social media.

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

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said a "stress test" had been conducted earlier Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Two of those heavily-trapped cars were removed this morning and crews are working to remove two more now, officials said. "During that time, they are often supported by another system to ensure stability because they are really vulnerable to collapsing". To report that this is in any way similar to the tragic accident involving the FIU pedestrian bridge is simply wrong and irresponsible. Her friend and passenger, Richie, survived the impact.

A college student who narrowly escaped from a auto that got smashed in the collapse said he watched helplessly as the structure tumbled down atop the vehicle and killed his friend Alexa Duran, who was sitting next to him in the driver's seat.

"Someone on the side of the road had asked a police officer if she had heard any response from the people inside the auto", Carrasco said, "and she shook her head and said no".