Tearful families wait as bodies remain under collapsed Miami bridge

An unknown number of people were trapped underneath the bridge according to reports

"It was just bad", he said.

Foringer said the state's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, RBRP, is another example of accelerated bridge construction techniques, though different from the bigger bridges the state has done.

A local congressman confirms that a stress test was underway at the time of the collapse. With at least eight vehicles still buried on Friday morning, the death toll could rise, said Juan Perez, the Miami-Dade Police Department director. "Everybody's in shock and we just want answers".

A university student was killed in August while crossing the road that the bridge was supposed to span.

"We are using all of our equipment, we're using our search K-9s and we're going to continue to search this pile until we are sure that there's not other survivors", Downey said. Marco Rubio offered this scenario: "The cables that suspend the Miami bridge had loosened and the engineering firm ordered that they be tightened".

FIGG said in a statement that it's stunned by the collapse.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that investigators will get to the bottom of "why this happened and what happened", and if anyone did anything wrong, "we will hold them accountable".

An attorney who represented the designer, builder, and general contractor that worked on a parking garage for Miami Dade College that collapsed in 2012, killing four people, said Thursday's bridge collapse may make some developers rethink the cast concrete method that was used.

Renderings showed a tall, off-center tower with supporting cables attached to the walkway.

The bridge was still under construction.

She said she saw one woman get out of a auto that was "just nicked" and rescue personnel performing life-saving CPR on another person in the street.

The bridge was meant to provide a walkway over the busy street, where an 18-year-old female FIU student from San Diego was killed as she attempted to cross in August, according to local media reports.

Munilla Construction Management, or MCM, the Miami-based construction management firm that won the bridge contract, had a news release on its website touting the project with FIGG Bridge Engineers, a Tallahassee firm. Figg is responsible for the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay.

The employee was walking along the bridge in October 2016 when it collapsed under his weight and sent him tumbling to the ground, breaking multiple bones.

Mr. Rosenberg emphasized several times that the school had been trying to do "the right thing" in building the bridge to provide access. The college said the bridge's construction would lead to decreased traffic in the area, The Miami Herald reported.

The Associated Press, citing Occupational Safety Health Administration records, also said MCM has been slapped with fines totaling more than $50,000 during the past five years for 11 safety violations, which included complaints about cement dust and unsafe trenches at construction sites.

Both companies expressed condolences for the victims and promised cooperation with investigators.

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