A bridge worker is among the six known fatalities of Thursday’s collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Florida. Navaro Brown, an employee of Structural Technologies VSL, has been identified as one of the people killed when a newly installed bridge intended to provide safe passage for students of Florida International University collapsed onto a busy highway, crushing a number of cars.
Two of Brown’s co-workers were injured and transported to a hospital in Miami.
Structural Technologies VSL designs and manufactures post-tension and construction systems. According to the company’s website, “VSL systems have a well-earned reputation for their quality, reliability, and durability - and have been used throughout the world since 1956 to build, repair, and strengthen bridges, buildings, tanks, and special structures.”
Rescue workers struggled to remove crushed cars from the wreckage of the 950-ton bridge – the result of a $14.2 million construction project funded by the Department of Transportation.
Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey announced Friday morning that search and rescue efforts would be shifting to recovery efforts. The final death toll is not expected to be known until four remaining vehicles are freed from the rubble.