The pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) was a tragic event that resulted in the death of six people, injured eight others and sent shockwaves throughout the state of Florida.
Now, a newly released 44-page document released by the Florida Department of Transportation confirms the designers of the bridge assured highway officials, university administrators, contractors and others that it was safe.
The document was included in a March 15 meeting with key project officials detailing engineering calculations of the bridge after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had ordered that the records be withheld.
This is a crucial piece of evidence in the determination of the bridge collapse, raising concerns for many.
As the counsel representing survivors Kevin Hanson and Richard Humble, Stuart Grossman said the lifting of the NTSB restriction would make it easier to pursue civil cases that have been filed against the companies that built and designed the bridge.
“We had access to these materials in a limited capacity,” Grossman said in an interview with the Miami Herald. “Now, the gloves are off. We can really go forward.”
Read more about this case update in this Miami Herald story.