Collapsed Miami Bridge Used Construction Method Common In Utah

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Gov. Rick Scott said Monday he is directing the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend any federal funding for the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, pending a federal investigation into what caused the bridge to fall last week.

It has been filed against several parties involved in the construction and design of the bridge.

Matt Morgan, an Orlando attorney representing Hepburn, said lawsuits stemming from the collapse could result in up to $1 billion in damages to victims and their relatives. The lawsuit said a auto swerving to avoid the falling concrete struck Hepburn.

"It's a significant loss with significant consequences, and through the discovery process ... we'll be able to put the pieces of this puzzle together", Morgan said.

Hepburn, "like many other unsuspecting victims, was simply performing ordinary activities and like many other victims of this horrific event was simply passing under the bridge without warning of increased danger", the lawsuit reads.

Navarro Brown was working on the bridge when it collapsed.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., ranking minority member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Department Secretary Elaine Chu on Friday asking for a detailed explanation of DOT's involvement in the project as well as all documents related to the TIGER grant it received.

Southwest 8th Street remains closed between 107th Avenue and 117th Avenue as crews work to clear the bridge debris and reopen the road.

Hours after the meeting, the pedestrian bridge's 174-foot, 950-ton span crashed down onto the busy eight-lane thoroughfare below, killing six people in cars and injuring nine. The portion of the bridge that collapsed was made to hold its own weight until the whole bridge was assembled. The bridge was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, a method that is supposed to be more cost effective and quicker than other options.

The 33-page complaint details specific actions that may have prevented the tragedy, such as re-routing traffic during the stress tests performed on the afternoon of the collapse. We know this will be a hard week.

"Everybody responded heroically. Not taking into account their own safety, they went in there and they did their jobs, which is what they signed up to do", said Sweetwater Police Chief Placido Diaz.

Duran was an FIU student who was majoring in political science and looking forward to law school one day. "Come out of the shadows. This was a colossal failure of the system and this was complete incompetence from the top down".

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