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US Senator Demands Documents Related To Miami Bridge Collapse

Miami (March 17, 2018): A United States senator demanded documents on Friday related to the construction of a new footbridge in Miami that collapsed a day earlier and killed at least six people, as federal and local investigators worked to determine the cause of the tragedy.

In a letter, Senator Bill Nelson of Florida asked the US Department of Transportation to turn over all records related to the engineering, design, construction, safety and inspection of the project, which spanned a major road next to the campus of Florida International University (FIU).“If anyone dropped the ball and it contributed to this tragedy, then they should be held accountable,” Nelson, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, wrote to the department.Police have said more bodies may be recovered from under the rubble after the 950-ton, $14.2 million bridge plummeted onto traffic on one of the busiest thoroughfares in South Florida on Thursday, crushing vehicles trapped underneath.“We know that there’s people missing, the family members know that there’s people missing, and what we can tell them is that we can assume that they’re in there,” Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, said at a news conference.

The victims have not been named, but at least one was a female student at Florida International University, officials said.

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