A pedestrian bridge collapsed and made headline news around the country. Days later, it was discovered that an engineer had been advised by an employee with the Florida Department of Transportation that there was cracking at the north end.
The employee left a voicemail regarding the crack that was never received. In addition to reporting the crack, the person said that there were no safety concerns but that a repair would need to be made.
The news was released at the same time the National Transportation Safety Board told reporters that the construction crews were working on the north end of the a pedestrian bridge when the collapse occurred. The reason that the bridge fell to the ground is currently being investigated.
When finished, the bridge was meant to increase safety, allowing pedestrians to cross the eight-lane street. The collapse crushed cars that were parked below and caused the deaths of at least six people.
The bridge had just been installed days prior to the collapse using an accelerated construction method. Workers completed the bridge in this manner so that traffic wasn’t effected any longer than necessary. The day after the collapse, the rescue mission turned to a search for victims and the preservation of evidence.
Six people were killed in the bridge collapse.
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