Three more bodies found in cars under collapsed bridge rubble


Authorities on Saturday removed two flattened vehicles with three bodies inside from the rubble of the 950-ton pedestrian bridge that collapsed near Florida International University, Miami police said Saturday.

The vehicles — a white Chevy pickup truck and gold Jeep Cherokee — were covered in black tarps and transported to the medical examiner’s office with the bodies inside. The identities of the deceased have not been confirmed.

Before this morning’s finds, officials said six people died in the collapse.

Authorities expect to recover more bodies today from the six cars that are still entangled in the debris.

Meanwhile, university officials said Saturday that its representatives joined Florida Department of Transportation officials and engineers employed by the companies building the bridge to discuss a crack in its structure.

The meeting began at 9 a.m. Thursday, 4 1/2 hours before the 952-ton bridge collapsed.

The engineers said “there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge,” the university said in a statement.


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