First Lawsuit Filed In FIU Bridge Collapse Case

A Florida attorney said Monday he has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a victim injured in the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University.

Matt Morgan is representing a bicyclist who was riding to work when the pedestrian bridge connecting the city of Sweetwater to FIU collapsed Thursday afternoon, according to an initial report by Local 10. 

A news conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon to provide more detail.

Miami-Dade police have identified all six victims who were killed in the collapse. Authorities during the weekend removed the bodies of five victims who were trapped in the rubble that fell onto Southwest Eighth Street.

Eight others are being treated for their injuries at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a statement Friday that a project manager left a voice mail indicating that there was "some cracking" on the bridge two days before it collapsed.

The FDOT said the message was left on a landline and wasn't heard until the day after the collapse because the intended recipient was out of the office on assignment. The employee listened to the voice mail when he returned to his office Friday.

State officials claim FIU was responsible for the project.

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