Orlando attorney Matt Morgan filed the lawsuit on behalf of Marquise Hepburn, 24, who suffered significant injuries in the catastrophe.
"It's traumatic to everyone because it could've happened to anyone, I drove under the bridge when it was up, said P.J. Hall, a 20-year-old sophomore studying worldwide business".
Among those killed in the bridge collapse were 18-year-old FIU student Alexa Duran, as well as Rolando Fraga (60 years old), Oswald Gonzalez (57 years old), Alberto Arias (53 years old), Navaro Brown (37 years old), and Brandon Brownfield, whose age has not been shared at this time.
FIU's statement followed the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) revelation on the Friday night that the bridge's lead engineer, an employee of the bridge's designer, FIGG, had warned of cracking on the north end of the span by telephone two days before the collapse, but his voicemail was not heard by the intended FDOT employee until the day after the collapse.
A voicemail released by FDOT shows project engineers had concerns over cracks discovered in the bridge.
The nation was rocked by the recent news of the Florida International University bridge collapse, and now the college campus has finally reopened.
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Morgan asked how cracks could be visible on the structure without any immediate response.
The drivers on the busy highway under the bridge were out on the most ordinary of errands.
Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered the state Transportation Department on Monday to halt payments of remaining federal funds to the project. Before another dollar is spent on this bridge, we must know exactly what happened.
Most of the students returned Monday, getting their first glimpse of the accident scene. The accident Thursday afternoon left six people dead and has rattled FIU, a public university with an enrollment of about 50,000 students.
Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg joined students and staff to hold hands and bow their heads for a moment of silence at 1:47 p.m. Monday to honor the victims of a bridge collapse that killed six people. School administrators organized a blood drive Tuesday and a vigil Wednesday morning. The bodies of six victims were recovered and identified over the weekend. That memorial is expected to grow now that classes have resumed. "We're reminded of the fragility of our lives and the limits of our time here".
"We know this will be a hard week", university President Mark Rosenberg said in a statement. "Right now, our focus is on the victims' families and doing everything in our power to comfort and support them".