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ODOT used similar bridge building method as Miami bridge

ODOT used similar bridge building method as Miami bridge

At least eight cars are crushed under the bridge, and it is believed people were working on top when it collapsed.

Engineers and transportation departments officials, including here in OR, will monitor the investigation into the cause. At each phase in the project, the supports such as piers are created to hold the entire weight placed on them, he said.

The pedestrian bridge, which was recently installed on March 10, collapsed down during the busy rush hours at Miami on Thursday.

Rescuers will likely remain at the scene through the night using heavy equipment to move parts of the bridge little by little, creating "safe zones" in which they can work, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Division Chief Paul Estopinan said.

Robert Bea, a professor of engineering and construction management at the University of California, Berkeley, told the Associated Press that without knowing precisely what happened, the "innovative installation" was risky because the bridge spanned a heavily traveled thoroughfare.

"Our priority, which is the most critical thing, is to get to the victims - get to the remains of the people that are underneath that bridge so that we can take them to the proper place so that their families can have the appropriate burial", Perez said.

Overnight, the search and rescue mission became a search and recovery effort.

One factor may have been the stress test that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said crews conducted earlier Thursday. It was too early to say whether criminal charges might be brought against anyone, Perez said.

"I wish I would be on that kind of investigation, to be honest with you, because in this country we build so many cable-stay bridges for carrying trucks, not pedestrians, and all of them work fine", Aref said.

The death toll from the collapse of a brand-new pedestrian bridge near Florida International University has risen to six, including a student at the school, authorities said Friday.

National Transportation Safety Board officials were on the scene on Friday to investigate.

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Figg's statement Thursday said the company was "stunned" by the collapse and would co-operate with investigations.

The Miami-based company, which also has operations in Texas and Panama, employs about 500 people and specializes in civil projects, airports and educational facilities.

Florida law limits the liability of government agencies to $200,000, or up to $300,000 if the case involves multiple agencies.

At a morning press briefing, Perez said a team of prosecutors led by the Miami-Dade state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle had visited the site of the collapse on Friday morning to assist the inquiry.

The Virginia Department of Labor cited Figg for four violations in 2012 after a 90-ton slab of concrete fell from a bridge it was building near Norfolk, according to the Miami Herald.

MCM is owned by five brothers from the Munilla family, several of them former students at FIU.

The pedestrian bridge was a collaboration between Miami-based MCM Construction and Figg Bridge Design, which is based in Tallahassee.

Rubio said the bridge was meant to be an innovative and "one-of-a-kind engineering design". At the same time, many people were injured.

Mallard said it could be days or weeks before the public hears anything from the contractor beyond the brief statement issued yesterday.

"I think a lot of people aren't going to forget this", he said.

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