FIU-Sweetwater Bridge Collapse, Miami

Gabriela Collazo

All Remaining Victims Recovered From Scene Of Florida Bridge Collapse

March 18, 2018 - 12:09 pm
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MIAMI (1010 WINS) -- Authorities in Florida said Sunday that all remaining victims have been recovered in the wreckage of the pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida last week.

The death toll stands at six in the Thursday collapse of the FIU-Sweetwater Bridge at Florida International University in Miami.

Police said identifying the victims might require DNA testing or fingerprinting.

As ABC News’ Victor Oquendo reported on 1010 WINS Sunday, the focus on the ground will now shift entirely to the investigation, the recovery of evidence, and the cleanup process. Overnight, crews said they had recovered the bodies of all of the victims.

Some families held out hope, but received the heartbreaking confirmation that their loved ones were inside the rubble.

Crews worked around the clock, saying they only took breaks for moments of silence as they recovered the victims’ bodies. At this point, they said they do not expect to find anyone else under the rubble.

Meanwhile, FIU this weekend announced that engineers held a meeting just hours before the collapse to discuss cracks found in the structure.

Joe Smitha’s niece – Alexa Duran, 18 – was among those killed in the collapse while in a car that was crushed. He demanded accountability this weekend.

“I don’t want this to happen to anybody else. I want to see some people be responsible,” Smitha said. “I want to see some people come up and step up and say: ‘Hey, the buck stops with me. I started this. I’m the one who should have stopped it when I heard about the cracks.’”

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) said the National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation and has made some progress.