Identify of Florida Bridge Victims Revealed, Nation Mourning

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March 18, 2018Mar 18, 2018

Authorities have released the names of the people who died from the collapse of a newly installed pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida. 

According to Inside Edition, the bodies of Rolando Fraga Hernandez, Oswald Gonzalez, and Alberto Arias were discovered late Saturday after crews removed two cars from the rubble.

A fourth victim, Navaro Brown, died at the hospital after the 950-ton bridge collapsed on at least eight cars on Thursday.

Alexa Dunkin, 18, was a student at Florida International University, and she was identified as the fifth person killed. 

Brandon Brownfield, a father of three, was the sixth victim. He died in the collapse. 

A total of eight people are currently being treated at Kendall Regional Medical Center after being pulled out of the rubble.

The nation was shocked to hear on Thursday afternoon that a pedestrian bridge collapsed, leading to the death of several people and trapping several cars underneath. Florida International University was devastated by the collapse of the bridge, which fell down right next to the campus, according to NBC News.

On Friday, it was announced that personnel had arrived at the site from the FBI, NTSB, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. At 10 am, according to NBC News, the victims are currently being removed from the scene in a "dignified manner."

According to CNN, the pedestrian bridge under construction near Florida International University was supposed to enhance safety. It was intended that students and locals would be able to walk and cycle across a busy eight-lane street with less worry about safety. The community wanted to create a safe way to cross the road after a vehicle struck an FIU student last year and killed them.

The current task is figuring out exactly what happened. 

"If anybody's done anything wrong, we'll hold them accountable," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, according to CNN

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge," the university said in a statement. “At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information."

Lawmakers are also responding to hearing news of this tragic incident. 

Governor Rick Scott, for instance, has claimed that he has spoken to Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez. The two apparently spoke about the bridge collapse and are remaining in constant communication with law enforcement about the situation.

NBC News reports that Marco Rubio has called the situation "terrible news." 

"Terrible news coming from Miami as a pedestrian bridge has collapsed at FIU and multiple deaths are reported," he said. "We will pray for the victims and the entire Panther community."

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