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An Engineer Noted Cracking In FIU Bridge Days Before It Collapsed

An engineer with the company that designed the bridge left a voicemail for a state employee about the cracking on Tuesday. The bridge fell Thursday.
Posted at 11:10 AM, Mar 17, 2018

Two days before a 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University, an engineer with the company that designed it reportedly noticed cracking in the span. 

Outlets report the engineer called an employee at the Florida Department of Transportation on Tuesday and left a voicemail. He said the bridge would need repairs, but that from a safety perspective the company wasn't concerned.

CNN reports the state employee was out on assignment and didn't get the message until Friday. The bridge collapsed Thursday.

It's unclear if those cracks contributed to the bridge's deadly collapse. An official with the National Transportation Safety Board said cracks don't necessarily mean a bridge is unsafe. Authorities are investigating to determine a cause.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN