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Authorities expect to find more bodies in Florida bridge rubble

Authorities expect to find more bodies in Florida bridge rubble”

At least one witness has attributed the collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Miami, to a snapped cable.

The $14.2 million bridge was not opened yet when it collapsed on vehicles waiting in traffic.

The bridge was erected on Saturday in just six hours.

The pedestrian bridge, which reportedly used the Accelerated Bridge Construction or instant bridge, collapsed over a busy road on Thursday.

Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg spoke with Miami-Dade police victims advocate Barbie Brewer, who said she had been working through the night to help families find their loved ones. Perez also said additional victims will likely be found as rubble is removed.

Florida Governor Rick Scot says he's spoken with Miami-Dade Police Chief Juan Perez and will stay in contact with law enforcement through the day. Authorities declined to estimate how many victims may still be trapped amid the broken concrete slabs.

"We intend to cooperate in every way we can to assist local, state and National Transportation Safety Board investigators in determining the cause of this bad incident and to help prevent any future tragedies of this kind".

It was built using a method called "accelerated bridge construction" to avoid traffic disruption. When the span collapsed, the main tower had not yet been installed, and it was unclear what builders were using as temporary supports.

"Our thoughts are with the families and victims", it said in a statement.

News reports saying that engineers may have been conducting a stress test on the bridge that may have led to its collapse could not be confirmed, Perez and other Miami officials told reporters.

Alexa Duran FIU victim

The 950-ton bridge plummeted onto traffic on one of the busiest roads in South Florida on Thursday.

"We are stunned by today's tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge", said FIGG Engineering Group, one of the partners involved in the walkway's construction.

Mark Rosenberg, the president of the university, said tests were being done on Thursday. And our hearts go out to all those affected, their friends and their families.

The US$14.2 million bridge was created to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, the most unsafe measure by the National Hurricane Center, and built to last 100 years, the university said.

"I heard a "boom" like a bomb had exploded", he said. "It has since been restored", the company said in a statement.

FIGG was fined in 2012 after a section of a bridge it was building in Virginia crashed onto railroad tracks and injured several workers, according to a story in The Virginian-Pilot.

The bridge was supposed to connect FIU's campus to Stillwater, a city where many students live.

"The new UniversityCity Bridge, which was under construction, experienced a catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life", MCM wrote Thursday on Twitter.

A spokesman said he was on the bridge "providing installation support for our products".

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