First Lawsuit Filed In FIU Bridge Collapse

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Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg joined students and staff to hold hands and bow their heads Monday for a moment of silence outdoors at 1:47 p.m. - the time that the bridge collapsed four days earlier.

The South Miami-based firm that designed the ill-fated bridge is getting a lot of heat - probably even more so because it is led by and consists of all women. They include Munilla Construction Management and FIGG Bridge Engineers.

A man who says he was "seriously injured" while riding his bicycle under the pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University filed the first civil lawsuit Monday in the tragedy that killed six people and injured nine others.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered the state Transportation Department on Monday to halt payments of remaining federal funds to the project. We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why.

A crane is seen near a newly installed pedestrian bridge, that collapsed, over a six-lane highway in Miami, March 15, 2018.

The tightening of the cables was referred to as a "stress test" by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, reported USA Today, raising questions over this exercise's possible role in the collapse. Per standard safety procedure, FDOT would issue a permit for partial or full road closure if deemed necessary and requested by the FIU design build team or FIU contracted construction inspector for structural testing. The transcription is below and audio is available HERE: "Hey Tom, this is Denney Pate with FIGG bridge engineers. Thank you. Bye." This voicemail was left on a landline and not heard by an FDOT employee until Friday, March 16 as the employee was out of the office on assignment. School administrators organized a blood drive Tuesday and a vigil Wednesday morning.

Brown had been employed at Structural Technologies VSL - a company that provides products to strengthen bridges, buildings and other structures - and was one of three employees injured in the collapse.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the National Transportation Safety Board is testing the salvaged concrete as part of its investigation.

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