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FIU Says Engineer Warned Of Defects Before Bridge Collapsed

March 17, 2018 - 3:18 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Florida International University says an Engineer warned of defects in the new pedestrian bridge, before it collapsed and killed six people.

Two days before the collapse, a bridge engineer alerted state authorities about cracks in the bridge.

Overnight, FIU responded saying they met with contractors and the Department of Transportation about the cracks, but determined they were not a safety concern.

Officials say two cars have been removed from under the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian walkway at Florida International University in Miami.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Arthur Holmes Jr. says crews won't leave until all the vehicles that were trapped under the bridge are retrieved. Police said the first two vehicles were removed Saturday.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez says DNA may be needed to confirm some victims' identities, along with fingerprints and family photographs. He said the process of recovering the remaining cars was arduous.
"Right now we're just chipping away,'' he said at a news conference Saturday.