Florida bridge collapse victims are FOREIGN student, and five others



At least 6 killed in Miami bridge collapse

Governments continue to remove the debris and investigate the collapse in Miami. Steve Harrigan reports from Miami, Florida.

A newly built bridge collapsed Thursday in Florida International University in Miami — with six people losing their lives.

The Miami-Dade Police has confirmed that the names of the six victims of the night of Sunday to Monday.

#UPDATE 2: #MDPD press Release about the #FIUBridgeCollapse.

— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) March 18, 2018

Read on for a look at the victims involved in the deadly incident.

Alberto Arias, 53

Victim Alberto Arias.


Alberto Arias and co-victim Oswald Gonzalez, 57, together, in the possession of a party rental company, the Miami Herald reported. The quote from his Facebook page, the newspaper said, arias attended the University of Havana in Cuba.

“He went out of his way to help everyone. He was the owner of a company and he just took a lot of pride in his work and family, the nephew of Ismael Segovia said.

Navarro-Brown, 37

The police said that Navarro Brown, 37, died in a hospital shortly after the accident.


The police said Navarro Brown, 37, died in a hospital shortly after the collapse.

Brown was an employee of Structural Technologies, VSL, although it remained unclear what work he was doing on the bridge at the time of the collapse.

Brandon Brownfield, 39

Brandon Brownfield died on Thursday, according to a Facebook post from his wife, Chelsea.


Father of three, Brandon Brownfield died on Thursday, his wife, Chelsea announced in a Facebook post.

“Please keep us in your prayers, as I now have to find the words and the answers to tell my girls that their Daddy is not coming home,” she said in the message. The police later confirmed his death.

Brandon worked as a tower crane technician and were married almost four years, according to his Facebook profile.

“He and his wife Chelsea moved to South Florida a few years ago for a chance in the crane industry that he loves and excels in,” a GoFundMe page said.

“They recently bought a home in Homestead, FLORIDA, that they are steadily turning into a home for themselves and their three beautiful daughters.”

The page raised more than $56,000 as of Sunday afternoon, said that the bridge collapsed while Brownfield was on the way home from work.

Alexa Duran, 18

Alexa Duran was a freshman at FIU.


A freshman at FIU, Alexa Duran, 18, was allegedly driving under the bridge when it collapsed.

Her father, Orlando Duran, told el Nuevo Herald that his daughter died after the bridge fell on the roof of her car.

“My little girl was locked in the car and couldn’t get out,” he said, according to the Miami Herald.

Duran’s friend, Richard Humble, was in the passenger seat of the car when the bridge fell. He told NBC News that they had been stopped at a traffic light, when he heard the bridge “creaking.” Modest was able to get out of the car and reportedly has a neck and leg brace due to his injuries, but could not get to Duran.

“I screamed her name so loud because I wanted to hear her and she would just not respond,” the sophomore said.

“The way the bridge fell, it fell on the driver’s side,” FIU student Manny Perez told the Herald.

Lynnet Gomez, also a FOREIGN student, said the Herald, that Duran was a “great person” and the “funniest person” she knew.

Duran studied political science at FIU, according to the newspaper. She was pledging Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

Oswald Gonzalez, 57

Oswald Gonzalez, allegedly, in the possession of a party rental company with Alberto Arias.


Gonzalez, Alberto Arias’ business partner’, had plans to travel to Cuba, this weekend to take part in street parties known as parrandas in his home town of Camajuaní,” the Miami Herald reported.

His friend Amauri Naranjo told the newspaper that Gonzalez came to the U.S. in the middle of the 1980 Mariel exodus and helped arias from Cuba.

“He was a family man,” Naranjo said. “He had many friends, for he was very communicative and he would help you a lot of the people here, and he would also help decorate the floats for the parrandas.”

Rolando Fraga Hernandez, 60

The police has identified Rolando Fraga Hernandez as one of the victims.


A Facebook profile has indicated that Rolando Fraga Hernandez lived in Miami and was a systems engineer for ITG Communication in Jacksonville, Florida.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and Madeline Farber contributed to this report, together with The Associated Press.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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