US Survivor of FIU bridge collapse sues design-construction firms for reckless negligence

19:36  19 march  2018
19:36  19 march  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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On March 15, 2018, a 175-foot-long (53 m), recently-made section of the FIU -Sweetwater UniversityCity pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the Tamiami Trail (U.S. Route 41), resulting in six deaths, eight injuries, and eight vehicles being crushed underneath.

It claims reckless negligence on the part of the firms responsible for the bridge ’s design and construction . Spencer Mallard, a partner at Lydecker Diaz, represented Ajax Construction Corp. in 2013 when it was sued by Miami-Dade College following the collapse of a parking garage that killed

MIAMI - Two days after the last body was removed from a collapsed bridge near FIU, the first civil lawsuit stemming from the tragedy has been filed - and it alleges reckless negligence on the part of the companies that did design and construction.

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FIU is home to the Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, where bridge experts and FIU awarded the .2 million design-build bridge project to Miami-based Munilla Construction Miami Herald Survivor of FIU bridge collapse sues design - construction firms .

Marquise Rashaad Hepburn was injured when the 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed Thursday.

Marquise Rashaad Hepburn, who lives in Miami-Dade County, was "seriously injured" as he rode his bicycle under the pedestrian bridge spanning Southwest Eighth Street at 109th Avenue near the main campus of Florida International University, according to a lawsuit filed Monday morning in state Circuit Court in Miami. As the massive, 174-foot concrete slab came crashing down, a car swerved into Hepburn, sending him airborne, according to the suit.

Caught underneath the southern end of the span, Hepburn survived, but was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

Hepburn hired the law firm Morgan & Morgan and is suing a host of entities involved in the design, construction and oversight of the bridge, "who undertook and allowed inherently dangerous construction activities to proceed without necessary safety precautions."

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A survivor of last week's deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami is suing companies involved in its design and construction . He's suing for reckless negligence . Hepburn was one of at least nine people who were transported to hospitals following the incident.

Recovery operations are seen on Saturday at the site of the Florida International University -Sweetwater University bridge , which collapsed last week. Photo: Miami Herald via AP.

Among those listed in the lawsuit are FIGG Bridge Engineers and Munilla Construction Management, the design-build team for the project. Also named are Bolton Perez & Associates, the project's consulting engineer; Louis Berger, which conducted an independent peer review of the construction; and Network Engineering Services.

Representatives for Munilla and FIGG could be not immediately be reached for comment.

Hepburn is suing for damages in excess of $15,000. He says that the cracks spotted under the span should have been taken more seriously and that traffic should have been diverted from under the bridge while workers tested the north end of the span.

It goes on to allege that the stress testing caused the collapse, and that the dangers of such a test on a cracked bridge without a traffic plan or placing supports under the bridge were "well known to all Defendants, both at the time they decided to perform the work and at the time such work was being undertaken."

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Family of truck driver killed in FIU bridge collapse sues builders .
"They know better than to not shut that roadway down right before that collapse."Six people, including Rolando Fraga, 60, were killed when the 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed on cars driving on Southwest Eighth Street shortly after 1:30 p.m. last Thursday.

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