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Senator asks for documents about the collapsed Florida bridge, reports of cracks in surface

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Raw video of the aftermath of the FIU bridge collapse

Multiple deaths, injuries reported after a pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami.

The reports emerged about the engineer, the warning of tears days before Thursday, the disastrous collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Florida, a US senator wants to know exactly who was behind the construction that may have led to the structure of the fatal failure.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., a leading member of the senate committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, is “demanding” documents related to the supervision of the construction of the bridge at the Florida International University in Miami, according to a statement from his office.

Just asked @USDOT to turn over records related to the engineering, design, construction, and safety inspection of the bridge collapsed yesterday in @FIU. We need to have a clear understanding of who had which role in this tragedy and hold them responsible. https://t.co/Qb8DzAoyis

— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) On March 16, 2018

“There must be adequate and appropriate supervision on the ground,” Nelson wrote in a letter to the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. “If someone dropped the ball and it has contributed to this tragedy, then they should be held accountable.

“There must be adequate and appropriate supervision on the ground. If someone dropped the ball and it has contributed to this tragedy, then they should be held accountable.”

– U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

“The fact that there are several agencies and companies involved, we must have a clear understanding of who had which role in this terrible tragedy.”

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Even if the scattered wreckage of the bridge was still being sought, officials from multiple offices looking for answers about the collapse, which killed six people and injured at least 10 others.

Florida Department of Transportation said Friday that an engineer left a voice mail just two days for the bridge failure, report to the department of cracking in the concrete.

A copy released Friday shows Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Group says the crack should be repaired “, but from a safety perspective, we do not see that there is a problem, so we are not worried about it from that perspective.”

A collapsed bridge is seen near the campus of Florida International University in Miami.

The full voice mail can be found below:

“Hey Tom, this is Denney Pate with FIGG bridge engineers. Call to, uh, share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that is observed on the northern end of the span, the pylon end of that span we moved to this weekend. Um, yes, uh, we have taken a look at it and, uh, of course, a number of repairs, or whatever will need to be done, but from a safety perspective, we do not see that there is a problem, so we are not worried about it from that perspective, though of course the cracking is not good and is going to be something, you know that it is done to restore. In any case, I wanted to chat with you about that, because I suspect that at some point that’s gonna get to your desk. So, uh, in any case, call me back when you can. Thank you. See you soon.”

The National Transportation Safety Board announced at a press conference late Friday that it is launching its own, independent investigation into the bridge failure is to try and find out what may have led to the collapse.

The NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt stressed that “the NTSB is here to conduct a security investigation … we are looking for one thing and that is safety.”

“What we do here is very simple to find out what happened so we can prevent it from happening again,” he added.

“What we do here is very simple to find out what happened so we can prevent it from happening again.”

– Robert Sumwalt, the chairman, the National Transportation Safety Board

When asked by a journalist what the protocol would be after finding a crack, Sumwalt said: “I don’t think we know at this point, in fact, that there are cracks in the bridge.”

“But it has already been confirmed,” the reporter fired back.

“We have not confirmed that,” Sumwalt answered.

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In his quest for answers about the bridge collapse, Nelson is the question that the federal Ministry of Transport, turn over “all records related to the engineering, design, construction, safety and inspection of the project.”

The first reactions to inspect the damage after a pedestrian bridge collapsed near the Florida International University in Miami.

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Nelson is also the question of the federal DOT to provide information about a federal grant that was given towards the construction of the bridge, including “all relevant documentation … including the grant agreement, memoranda of understanding between DOT and state and local entities with regard to the management and supervision of this project, and all letters issued by DOT in connection with the project, such as the letters of agreement for the selection of the contractors and all the letters of approval.”

Nelson is giving the DOT a week in order to meet his request.

The $14.2 million pedestrian bridge was opened in the beginning of next year to help connect students of an area where many students live on the campus on the other side of a busy road. Accelerated construction of the led the bridge to be installed last weekend.

On Friday evening, FIGG Bridge Engineers, gave the following statement:

“FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc., still a lot of hard work with the construction team to help determine the cause of the collapse of the bridge under construction at Florida International University. We are devastated by the loss of life and injuries, and examine carefully the steps our team has taken in the interest of our overarching concern for the safety of the public. The evaluation was based on the best information available at that time and indicated that there are no problems with the safety. We aim to reply to find out what factors have led to this tragic situation, but it is important that the authorities responsible for the investigation of this terrible situation the right time, to accurately identify which factors led to the accident during the construction. We are committed to working with all competent authorities in this whole process.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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