Florida school plans moment of silence for bridge collapse victims


MIAMI, March 19 (Reuters) - Florida International University (FIU) students return to classes on Monday from spring break with a moment of silence planned campus-wide for the six victims of a newly installed pedestrian bridge at the school that collapsed last week.

Since last week, federal investigators have been looking over the wreckage of the 950-ton bridge that crushed vehicles stopped at a traffic light on the eight-lane road below when it fell on Thursday in a rain of metal, concrete and debris.

All six victim have been identified, with the final one being named on Sunday. Those killed were Rolando Fraga, 60, Oswald Gonzalez, 57, Alberto Arias, 53, Alexa Duran, 18, Navaro Brown, 37, and Brandon Brownfield, whose age has not been released.

The moment of silence will be a 1:47 p.m., when the bridge collapsed, the school said, adding it has designated spots for those who want to leave flowers and other tokens of remembrance for those killed.

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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)
This is the scene at @FIU after bridge collapses. Police moving the media away “just in case the rest falls down.” https://t.co/Vw2wZKraj1
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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#BREAKING: FIU pedestrian bridge collapses onto SW 8th Street https://t.co/Atutvu2LxG https://t.co/6M14zMPmsP
#BREAKING: New FIU pedestrian bridge collapses. @nbc6 for more details. https://t.co/aEfjfhH01D
Prayers FIU bridge collapses #prayersforFIU
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
#BREAKING: Ground-level footage from near where the pedestrian bridge collapsed near Florida International Universi… https://t.co/5koktURDin
#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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"Our hearts break for the victims of the bridge collapse. Lives have been lost. Futures and families shattered," FIU President Mark Rosenberg said in a statement over the weekend.

Engineers and state and university officials met hours before the pedestrian bridge collapsed, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday.

The meeting on Thursday involved FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall bridge design, the school, Florida Department of Transportation officials and Munilla Construction Management, which installed the $14.2 million bridge.

A FIGG engineer "concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," the university said in a statement.

About three hours after the meeting ended, the bridge collapsed.

The bridge over one of the busiest road in South Florida was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, the most dangerous measure by the National Hurricane Center, and built to last 100 years, the university said.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz Editing by Robert Birsel)

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