FIU says it was aware of crack on bridge before it collapsed

Florida International University officials were aware of the crack on the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and left at least six dead.

FIU said in a statement Saturday that the University had met hours before the fatal accident with engineers and the state’s Department of Transportation for two hours to discuss whether a crack on the structure was a safety risk.

The meeting concluded there were quote “no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge.”

The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday it’s too early to tell if the crack played a role in the collapse of the pedestrian bridge.

Photos of the bridge collapse

The new bridge fell onto a busy road in Miami on Thursday, which killed at least six people and injured several others.

According to ABC10 News, the death toll is expected to rise as more bodies have been found in the debris.

The bridge cost $14.2 million and was built to connect the university campus to the city of Sweetwater.

The reason, to give students a safer way to cross a busy road.