Moment of silence held for bridge collapse victims as 1st lawsuit filed


"There will clearly be an investigation to find out exactly what happened, and why this happened".

Police identified, Alexa Duran, a 18-year-old freshman political science student who was driving under the bridge when it came crashing down.

"No, I don't", said Peter Rogoff, a former undersecretary at DOT and administrator of the Federal Transit Administration who is now CEO of Sound Transit, officially the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, for the Seattle metropolitan area.

"I'm here to support".

FIU president Mark Rosenberg defended the university's actions Monday in a letter to the "university community", saying: "We are confident that FIU followed all proper procedures and protocols".

"It's important to show solidarity to the people that are affected", said Zach Lendzian.

The case likely heralds the beginning of a wave of litigation over the March 15 incident, which killed six people and injured nine others.

Students said things felt different on Monday. There are no bonds associated with the project, said agency spokesman Dick Kane.

"It's insane because when you have a moment of silence you're paying respect".

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The completed bridge was in place for five days before collapsing.

"With this particular lawsuit it goes above and beyond compensating the victims and their families, and it goes to protecting the motoring public and making sure something like this never happens again", he said.

"If we assume the facts that have been reported are true, then it appears as if the building team might have had knowledge that the bridge was in a risky condition and did not close the roadway, re-route traffic and ultimately a failure resulted", Morgan said at a press conference on Monday.

"The department was also not made aware by the FIU design build team of any scheduled "stress testing" of the bridge following installation and has no knowledge or confirmation from FIU's design build team of "stress testing" occurring since installation", FDOT said.

In a statement on Monday, Scott announced that he was "directing FDOT to suspend all future payments of the more than $13.6 million in federal funding originally allocated for this project".

Hepburn was biking to work Thursday afternoon just as the 950-ton span buckled onto busy Southwest Eighth Street, his attorney, Matt Morgan, said at a news conference.

"Florida's governor vowed to determine why it collapsed. and hold anyone responsible accountable". The roadway remains shut down to vehicular traffic.

FIU resumed classes Monday and held a moment of silence to honor the victims.