State: Voicemail About Cracks 2 Days Before Bridge Fell

KSTP | 3/15/2018 | Staff
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In a transcript released Friday night, Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Group says the cracking would need repairs "but from a safety perspective we don't see that there's any issue there so we're not concerned about it from that perspective."

At a news conference Friday night, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said they have just begun their investigation, and cannot yet say whether that cracking contributed to the collapse. They also said workers were trying to strengthen a diagonal member on the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University when it collapsed.

Robert - Accetta - Investigator-in-charge - NTSB - Crews

Robert Accetta, the investigator-in-charge for the NTSB, said crews were applying post-tensioning force, but investigators aren't sure if that's what caused the bridge to fall.

The bridge collapsed Thursday, killing at least six people. Authorities are slowly removing the debris, looking for more victims.

College - Student - Car - Bridge - Structure

A college student who narrowly escaped from a car that got smashed by a collapsing bridge said he watched helplessly as the structure tumbled down on top of the vehicle and killed the friend who was sitting next to him in the driver's seat.

Richie Humble, who studies at FIU, was riding in a car under the pedestrian bridge when he heard a long creaking noise coming from the structure that spanned a busy Miami-area highway. It sounded different from anything he had ever heard before.

Instant - Bridge - Anything - Humble - Friday

"I looked up, and in an instant, the bridge was collapsing on us completely. It was too quick to do anything about it," Humble said Friday in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

Rescuers are looking for the young woman who was at the wheel, Alexa Duran, whose family said she was dead. Once he realized he was alive, Humble also realized that he could not get to Duran. He called to her but got no response. A group of men outside the...
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