Victim injured in FIU bridge collapse files first lawsuit

Victim injured in FIU bridge collapse files first lawsuit

MCM was accused of substandard work in a lawsuit filed this month by a worker injured when a makeshift bridge MCM built at Fort Lauderdale International Airport collapsed under his weight.

A news conference is scheduled for later today to announce the civil lawsuit filed on behalf of someone injured in the collapse.

Students returned to Florida International University on Monday for their first day of classes since a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed last week and killed six people including a student at the school.

FIU President Mark Rosenberg defended the university's actions Monday in a letter to the "university community", saying: "We are confident that FIU followed all proper procedures and protocols".

The crushed van belonging to Structural Technologies, which Navaro Brown was in when the bridge collapsed. The unfinished bridge collapsed on Thursday killing six people. FIU stated that on the morning of the collapse that MCM and FIGG met to discuss a crack on the on the structure, but ultimately concluded that "there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge".

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Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board remained on the scene, inspecting the rubble, interviewing people, poring over documents and gathering evidence. Flowers or other items in remembrance of the victims can be left near the billboards located on Southwest 107th Avenue and Eighth Street, a different location from where the unofficial memorial was started Sunday.

The following night, the agency also issued a statement saying it had no idea that "stress tests" were being conducted - which might have required permits for closing the road - and that an engineer for FIGG, the contractor that engineered and designed the span, had discovered cracks in the northern part of the bridge and left a voicemail with FDOT reporting it. The voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, however.

On March 12, the company tweeted a photo of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, and captioned it, "We are thrilled to have performed structural monitoring during a spectacular bridge move by [Barnhart Crane] at [Florida International University, Miami]".

"If there's a crack in the bridge why is the motoring public still able to travel under the bridge?"

Among those listed in the lawsuit are FIGG Bridge Engineers and Munilla Construction Management, the design-build team for the project. He is an engineer for the company that was hired to construct the bridge. We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why.

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