The Associated Press is reporting that an engineer left a voicemail reporting cracking found at one of the concrete spans of a pedestrian bridge at Miami’s Florida International University two days before the structure’s tragic failure, according to Florida’s Department of Transportation (audio included in tweet below).
The bridge’s Thursday collapse crushed eight vehicles and killed at least six people.
From the AP: The agency says the voicemail left on a landline wasn’t heard by a state DOT employee until Friday because the employee was out of the office on an assignment.
In a transcript of the voicemail released Friday night, Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Group says the cracking would need repairs “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.”
— liz roldan (@lizroldancbs4) March 17, 2018
BREAKING: Florida transportation officials: Engineer called 2 days before bridge collapse to report cracking at 1 end of span.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 17, 2018
This is the transcript of a voicemail from a FIGG Engineer to @fdot reporting two days before the collapse that killed six people there were cracks in the pedestrian bridge. This is insane. @CBSMiami pic.twitter.com/EBby6mHxt5
— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) March 17, 2018