Attorneys file lawsuit in deadly FIU bridge collapse

Posted at 1:23 PM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-19 14:43:47-04

MIAMI (AP) —  The first lawsuit has been filed against the companies involved in the design and building of the bridge that collapsed at Florida International University.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Marquise Rashaad Hepburn. He was seriously injured as he rode a bicycle under the bridge as it collapsed last week. The lawsuit says a car swerving to avoid the falling concrete struck Hepburn.

The negligence lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from the entities involved in building the bridge. They include Munilla Construction Management and FIGG Bridge Engineers. Both companies say they will cooperate with multiple investigations into the collapse that killed six people.

The lawsuit says cracks in the span should have been taken seriously and traffic should have been diverted during any testing.