Police believe all victims found in Florida bridge collapse


Six people died after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on vehicles in Florida this week and authorities said they do not expect any more victims to be found beneath the wreckage.

"We believe that we've recovered the final two individuals, final two victims, from underneath the bridge," Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said at a news conference Saturday night. The total number of killed was six, "and I believe that is the final count," he said.

"Although we expected that perhaps we may find more, thankfully, we did not," Perez said.

The 950-ton span near the Florida International University came crashing down on vehicles underneath shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, officials have said.

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Police lights illuminate the scene of a pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami, Florida on March 15, 2018, crushing a number of cars below and reportedly leaving several people dead. The Miami Herald reported that an unknown number of people were trapped underneath the collapsed walkway, which connected Florida International University to a student housing area. The Florida Highway Patrol said several people were killed, according to US networks. Television imagery from the scene showed a crane being moved into position where the bridge lay in sections across Southwest Eighth Street. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De Cardenas (Photo credit should read GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed on SW 8th Street, in front of Florida International University in Miami on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
A brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed on SW 8th Street, in front of Florida International University in Miami on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
A brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed on SW 8th Street, in front of Florida International University in Miami on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
A brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed on SW 8th Street, in front of Florida International University in Miami on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Florida Highway Patrol vehicles block off SW 8th Street after a brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed in front of Florida International University in Miami on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
A brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed on SW 8th Street, in front of Florida International University in Miami on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Rescuers search through the rubble of the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at SW 109th Avenue and 8th Street in Miami. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Rescuers search through the rubble of the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at SW 109th Avenue and 8th Street in Miami. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
A brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed on SW 8th Street, in front of Florida International University in Miami on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Rescuers search through the rubble of the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at SW 109th Avenue and 8th Street in Miami. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
View of the main span of the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge after collapsing five days after been installed over SW 8 Street-State Road 41 on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 15: A rescue dog and its handler works at the scene where a pedestrian bridge collapsed a few days after it was built over southwest 8th street allowing people to bypass the busy street to reach Florida International University on March 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that there are an unknown number of fatalities as a result of the collapse, which crushed at least five cars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Rescuers search through the rubble of the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at SW 109th Avenue and 8th Street in Miami. (Roberto Koltun/El Nuevo Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 15: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department personel and other rescue units work at the scene where a pedestrian bridge collapsed a few days after it was built over southwest 8th street allowing people to bypass the busy street to reach Florida International University on March 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that there are an unknown number of fatalities as a result of the collapse, which crushed at least five cars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 15: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department personel and other rescue units work at the scene where a pedestrian bridge collapsed a few days after it was built over southwest 8th street allowing people to bypass the busy street to reach Florida International University on March 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that there are an unknown number of fatalities as a result of the collapse, which crushed at least five cars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A crane is seen near a newly installed pedestrian bridge, that collapsed, over a six-lane highway in Miami, Florida on March 15, 2018, crushing a number of cars below and reportedly leaving several people dead. The Miami Herald reported that an unknown number of people were trapped underneath the collapsed walkway, which connected Florida International University to a student housing area and was erected less than a week ago. / AFP PHOTO / AFP TV / Antoni BELCHI (Photo credit should read ANTONI BELCHI/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 15: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department personel and other rescue units work at the scene where a pedestrian bridge collapsed a few days after it was built over southwest 8th street allowing people to bypass the busy street to reach Florida International University on March 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that there are an unknown number of fatalities as a result of the collapse, which crushed at least five cars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 15: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department personel and other rescue units work at the scene where a pedestrian bridge collapsed a few days after it was built over southwest 8th street allowing people to bypass the busy street to reach Florida International University on March 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that there are an unknown number of fatalities as a result of the collapse, which crushed at least five cars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 15: Vehicles are seen trapped under the collapsed pedestrian bridge that was newly built over southwest 8th street allowing people to bypass the busy street to reach Florida International University on March 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that there are an unknown number of fatalities as a result of the collapse, which crushed at least five cars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
This AFP TV video frame grab shows emergency response workers at a newly installed pedestrian bridge over a six-lane highway in Miami on a college campus that collapsed on March 15, 2018, crushing a number of cars below and reportedly leaving several people dead in Miami, Florida. The Miami Herald reported that an unknown number of people were trapped underneath the collapsed walkway, which connected Florida International University to a student housing area. The Florida Highway Patrol said several people were killed, according to US networks. Television imagery from the scene showed a crane being moved into position where the bridge lay in sections across Southwest Eighth Street. / AFP PHOTO / AFP TV / Miguel GUTIERREZ (Photo credit should read MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
This AFP TV video frame grab shows emergency response workers at a newly installed pedestrian bridge over a six-lane highway in Miami on a college campus that collapsed on March 15, 2018, crushing a number of cars below and reportedly leaving several people dead in Miami, Florida. The Miami Herald reported that an unknown number of people were trapped underneath the collapsed walkway, which connected Florida International University to a student housing area. The Florida Highway Patrol said several people were killed, according to US networks. Television imagery from the scene showed a crane being moved into position where the bridge lay in sections across Southwest Eighth Street. / AFP PHOTO / AFP TV / Miguel GUTIERREZ (Photo credit should read MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 15: Vehicles are seen trapped under the collapsed pedestrian bridge that was newly built over southwest 8th street allowing people to bypass the busy street to reach Florida International University on March 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that there are an unknown number of fatalities as a result of the collapse, which crushed at least five cars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Cars are trapped under the bridge. Police confirm “multiple deaths.” @MiamiHerald https://t.co/0XopSxLibE
This Miami bridge collapse is horrific. These cars have been completely flattened with drivers inside. https://t.co/mZLkGP3DxF
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my school finished putting up a bridge a few days ago and it literally just fell. my roommate and i heard it from o… https://t.co/GOqOuO0z5P
#BREAKING: Multiple fatalities reported in @FIU pedestrian bridge collapse. @BDITest just deleted this tweet from 3… https://t.co/HsjBpw8498
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#BREAKING: Police confirm “multiple deaths” after pedestrian bridge collapsed near Florida International University.
just drove under the new FIU bridge before it collapsed on the road https://t.co/zmHfB9Z143
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Police block a road near a newly installed pedestrian bridge, that collapsed, over a six-lane highway in Miami, Florida on March 15, 2018, crushing a number of cars below and reportedly leaving several people dead. The Miami Herald reported that an unknown number of people were trapped underneath the collapsed walkway, which connected Florida International University to a student housing area and was erected less than a week ago. / AFP PHOTO / AFP TV / Antoni BELCHI (Photo credit should read ANTONI BELCHI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Five people were recovered from underneath the bridge, and a sixth person died at a hospital, Perez said.

The cause of the bridge collapse is under investigation, including by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Related: 5 victims of Florida bridge collapse identified, including FIU student

The Florida Department of Transportation said Friday night that the lead engineer on the bridge project left a voicemail with the department on Tuesday saying that "some cracking that's been observed on the north end of the span," according to the department. But that message was not heard by a state employee until Friday because that employee was on assignment and out of the office, the department said.

The engineer said in the voicemail that "from a safety perspective we don't see that there's any issue there, so we're not concerned about it from that perspective," according to a transcript released by the department of transportation.

Related: Collapsed Florida walkway was built using new 'accelerated' bridge technology

But FIU said in a statement on Saturday that the design team convened a meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday to discuss the crack.

"The FIGG engineer of record delivered a technical presentation regarding the crack and concluded that there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," the university said, referring to FIGG Bridge Engineers, the company that led the design of the walkway

"This meeting lasted approximately two hours and included FIU and FDOT representatives," the university said.

An NTSB official said Friday evening that "a crack in the bridge does not necessarily mean it's unsafe," he said, though NTSB investigators made it clear that they had not confirmed whether there were cracks.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, who has taught at FIU as an adjunct professor, said Saturday night that a thorough investigation was underway to determine what went wrong.

"Let there be no doubt: They will know why this failed," Rubio said of investigators. "And they will make sure that that is out there so it never happens again."

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