Engineers Gave Briefing on Crack Hours Before Florida Bridge Collapse, University Says

Alexa Duran was driving her friend, Richard Humble, to the doctor when the bridge collapsed on top of her gray Toyota SUV.

The bridge was under construction when it collapsed onto a major highway, killing at least six people. These are the first two cars pulled from the rubble.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said DNA may be needed to confirm some victims' identities, along with fingerprints and family photographs.

An engineer at Figg Bridge Group left a voicemail about cracks in a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University two days before it collapsed.

The state transportation department also said one of its consultants attended a meeting with the FIU bridge team hours before the collapse.

The voicemail left on a landline wasn't heard by a state DOT employee until Friday because the employee was out of the office on an assignment, the agency said in an email.

In the voice mail, Pate said the cracking on the north end of the span should be repaired. Since being founded in 1983, it has handled billions of dollars worth of projects in Panama, Florida and the US Southeast.

"The timely innovation comes when approximately 25 percent of our Nation's aging bridges need fix or replacement and our highways are already congested without the added strain of road closures", says the FHA. He said the bridge would need repairs, but that from a safety perspective the company wasn't concerned.

The NTSB says their investigation is really only beginning as they slowly begin to remove debris from the collapsed bridge.

Munilla Construction Management (MCM), which installed the bridge, said it was devastated by what happened, was cooperating with investigators and doing everything it could to help.

Sen. Bill Nelson is asking for documents related to the "engineering, design, construction, safety and inspection". "Please join us in praying for everyone involved".

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"The Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge is absolutely safe", Rolfe said.

At least six people died in the collapse.

It's unclear how many bodies remain under the rubble. Workers covered the vehicles in black sheeting and towed them to the medical examiner to identify the remains of any victims inside. He also said that the number of the dead could rise as more vehicles could still be under the concrete and twisted metal. Two other workers who were employed by the company were hospitalized and are in stable condition. On Thursday, it collapsed, months ahead of it's completion. Two of those heavily-trapped cars were removed this morning and crews are working to remove two more now, officials said.

The agency says that at no time did it receive a request to close the entire road. Crews are now trying to recover bodies.

Others have desperately waited for almost 48 hours for word on their loved ones. They are 57-year-old Oswald Gonzalez, 53-year-old Alberto Arias and 60-year-old Rolando Fraga Hernandez, 60.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. "They were the department's eyes and ears overseeing the work", filing reports on a daily basis. "We don't know exactly his whereabouts".

"They just want to believe that their families are still alive", she said. The fatalities included a student at FIU.

Mark Rosenberg, the president of FIU, said the university was heartbroken about the death of the as yet unnamed student.

The 174-foot main span had been assembled on the side of the road, allowing traffic to continue.

FIGG collaborated on the project with MCM Construction, a Miami-based contractor. Documents show it was involved in bridge projects nationwide.

"We are stunned by today's tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was under construction over Southwest Eighth Street in Miami".

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