FL - Pedestrian bridge collapses at Florida International University, Miami, 2018

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  1. MaryG12

    MaryG12 Well-Known Member

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    Wow thank you for those photos - you know, I think you may have the solution as to how and why the bridge collapsed.

    And of course I am thinking, had this bridge been done right since its conception - it probably would not have collapsed.
     


  2. lonetraveler

    lonetraveler Crime Addict

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    This is exactly the way this should have gone.
     
  3. Satchie

    Satchie Well-Known Member

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    I'm really not sure, it's just an idea. If it collapsed first in the middle, perhaps that end of the bridge deck subsequently slid off the pier.

    ETA: I guess my point is, the fault could have been with, for eg, the geotechnical assessment of the soil, rather than the bridge engineering. So many possibilities at this stage.
     
  4. Spellbound

    Spellbound falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus

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    WaPo doesn't always work for everyone without a paid subscription, but I just got this notice:

    searching for more victims in the rubble - The Washington Post https://apple.news/AuySdcUGzQMSvrerC66r_HA
    MARCH 16 AT 8:54 PM
    BREAKING: Engineer on Florida bridge project called state two days before deadly collapse to report crack. The Florida Department of Transportation on Friday night released the transcript of a call from an engineer with FIGG Bridge Engineers that the agency got Tuesday. “Calling to, uh, share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span.” The message was left on a land line and not retrieved until Friday.

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  5. Spellbound

    Spellbound falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus

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    [FONT=&amp]http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article205627294.html

    March 16, 2018 08:42 PM

    Updated 16 minutes ago

    Two days before a pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University, killing at least six, an engineer with the firm that designed the structure called the state to report cracks in the concrete span.
    While it’s unclear if those cracks were a contributing factor to the catastrophic collapse Thursday, they were observed at the north end of the structure, which appeared to be the section that failed. The FIGG Bridge Group employee, Denney Pate, left a message with the Florida Department of Transportation Tuesday in which he acknowledged the structure needed to be repaired but dismissed the significance of the problem.
    “Hey Tom, this is Denney Pate with FIGG bridge engineers. Calling to, uh, share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span, the pylon end of that span we moved this weekend,” Pate said, according to a transcript released Friday night by FDOT.

    [/FONT]“Um, so, uh, we’ve taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective although obviously the cracking is not good and something’s going to have to be, ya know, done to repair that. At any rate, I wanted to chat with you about that because I suspect at some point that’s gonna get to your desk. So, uh, at any rate, call me back when you can. Thank you. Bye.”
    FDOT said the voicemail wasn’t heard by any of its employees until Friday, the day after the bridge fell.
    “This voicemail was left on a landline and not heard by an FDOT employee until Friday, March 16 as the employee was out of the office on assignment,” the department said in a late evening press release. “When the employee returned to his office today, Friday, March 16, he was able to listen to the voicemail.”

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article205627294.html#storylink=cpy
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  6. Eloise

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    Have you watched the video of the bridge collapsing? Looks to my very untrained eye like it doesn't collapse first in the very centre, but towards one of the ends.
     
  7. Spellbound

    Spellbound falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus

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    Spellbound falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus

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    Bridge collapses @ 2:58:
    [video=youtu;QXNgAEQoAyg]http://youtu.be/QXNgAEQoAyg[/video]
     
  9. Tillicum

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    Oh my. I've commented very little on this tragedy because I just have no words to express my sadness for all of these victims and their families and friends. Whether or not the cracking was responsible, I can't imagine how the victims' loved ones will feel hearing this message.
     
  10. MaryG12

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  11. MsMarple

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    Thanks Spellbound and the rest of y'all for the updates. I can barely follow this story as I have ties to two professors and other people connected to FIU. I'm sad beyond words to see this tragedy.
     
  12. Pamela_Brewer

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  13. Spellbound

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    Oh dear, MsMarple. these tragedies are even worse for the ones who have any sort of connection to the people who go through them. I am sad to hear you know people with such close ties. I do hope they were not in the area at the time. :hug:

    it seems so unreal to me still. How this can happen, especially with a brand new, unfinished construction. I see the video and am shocked at how quickly it all came down. Many emotions right now.
     
  14. Spellbound

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    Jeez-o-pete :stormingmad:
     
  15. gregjrichards

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    It is always very hard watching videos of tragedies like this knowing you are witnessing the last seconds of a person's life.
     
  16. Tillicum

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    I think many are going to be held responsible for this but it can never bring these victims back. I can only hope the punishment will be strong enough to possibly prevent this from happening again. My heart breaks a little more each time we learn new information.
     
  17. ATasteOfHoney

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    Don’t get me started on FL (& GA) being both an Employee At Will and a Right To Work State in its absolute sense. The only worker protections are for the Federally protected classes, except if you belong to a Union. This FL and GA labor law practice is taken to the extreme. It makes me wonder why companies in those 2 states bother with having HR departments when in reality, the employer can terminate you at any time and without reason.

    Hard to believe but you can be following the handbook of your company to a “t” but it doesn’t matter—if your boss doesn’t care for you and you’re out. No recourse (except if there are Federally protected classes allegations).

    What this does is insidious......employees keep their head down and say nothing even if they see something. We all live in fear of being fired, anyday, any time. I’ve lived in many States but I haven’t seen anything like I have seen in FL during my past 6 years. It’s scary, folks.....like the Wild West down here in FL.

    Will this be a part of the bridge collapse where some workers saw concerns but were afraid/intimidated to say or do anything about it? My guess it will. And I hope changes are made because of it.
     
  18. ATasteOfHoney

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    This is exactly what I was talking about in my previous post.
     
  19. Gardenista

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  20. KinderedSpirits

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    What a horrible nightmare!! I'm so sick over this! The video shows the second vehicle being taken out. It's completely flat. I don't even know how they'll recover the body. I just hope pray that all of this happened so quickly that none of the victims suffered! We have to cherish each day!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article205657319.html


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