"We started helping people whose cars were at least half crushed and whoever was easily saved".
"The waiting is so".
"That's when I saw a light in her, and we became best friends", Humble said.
Authorities announced early Friday morning they no longer believe they will find anyone alive in the rubble of the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University. The brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway crushing several vehicles. And then within just a few days, the catastrophic collapse.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released and responders were still looking into the rubble Friday for more people who may be trapped.
"We are using all of our equipment, we're using our search K-9s and we're going to continue to search this pile until we are sure that there's not other survivors", Downey said.
Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local authorities combed through the rubble late into Thursday night, searching for both the cause of the collapse and any survivors.
One of the companies, the Figg Bridge Group, also designed and built the Interstate 35W Bridge replacement in Minneapolis after the previous bridge collapsed in 2007, killing 13 people.
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Renderings showed a tall, off-center tower with cables attached to the walkway to support it.
At least 10 people were taken to hospitals and two remained critical, officials and local media reported. It was supposed to open in 2019 as a safe way for students to cross the busy road.
To limit disruption to traffic during construction, the 174-foot portion of the bridge was built adjacent to Southwest 8th Street, using a method called Accelerated Bridge Construction. Figg is responsible for the iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay.
Bridge collapses in the United States are infrequent despite rising risks associated with aging infrastructure.
The Virginia Department of Labor cited Figg for four violations in 2012 after a 90-ton slab of concrete fell from a bridge it was building near Norfolk, according to the Miami Herald.
MCM, meanwhile, was accused of substandard work in a lawsuit filed this month by a worker injured when a makeshift bridge MCM built at Fort Lauderdale International Airport collapsed under his weight. The fines totaling more than $50,000 arose from complaints about unsafe trenches, cement dust and other problems at its Florida work sites.
Both companies expressed condolences for the victims and promised cooperation with investigators. It linked the community of Sweetwater with the campus of Florida International University.
Instead, it collapsed Thursday, months before it was to open, crushing cars on the street and leaving investigators with the hard task of trying to figure out why it happened and who might be held responsible.
Zugell said most of the bridges being replaced across the state are small spans in rural areas.