An engineer for the company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed Thursday, killing at least six people, left a voicemail two days earlier for a Florida Department of Transportation employee advising
Warning not received
In a new revelation, it has now been revealed that an Engineer that worked for the company who designed the pedestrian bridge, which collapsed, taking the lives of at least six people, had left a warning via voicemail that there was “some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span.”
The warning was left two days prior to a Florida Department of Transportation employee who claims they didn’t hear the voicemail from W. Denny Pate of FIGG Bridge Engineers because they were “out on assignment”
W. Denny Pate’s voicemail warned the design company did not see any safety concerns regarding the project near Florida International University but that the cracking in the bridge was not good and would have to be repaired.
The National Transportation Safety Board has revealed that construction crews were working on diagonal components on the north end of a future pedestrian bridge when the structure collapsed killing six.
Still too early to determine
Robert Accetta, The NTSB investigator in charge, stated Friday night it was still too early to determine if the bridge had failed at the point construction workers were applying post-tensioning force to strengthen the diagonal members.
When questioned about the cracking, Accetta said: “I would have to say that a crack in the bridge does not necessarily mean that it is unsafe.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, who visited the bridge site Thursday, posted on Twitter: “The cables that suspend the #Miami bridge had loosened & the engineering firm ordered that they be tightened. They were being tightened when it collapsed today.” Rubio has been a visiting professor at the university for the past 10 years.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 16, 2018
At least six people were killed and at least nine people were taken to hospitals, authorities said.