Criminal Charges Possible in Bridge Collapse: Miami Police

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Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, on Friday morning raised the possibility of criminal charges tied to the collapse of the Florida International University pedestrian bridge, the Miami Herald reports. In an interview on WIOD 610 AM, Perez said the immediate priority is to continue clearing rubble and removing enough of the 950-ton bridge to allow rescue workers to remove the six people crushed in their cars. As county police, fire and others tackle the rubble, Perez said the investigation of what went wrong — led in Miami-Dade by his agency’s homicide squad — is ramping up. Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, the county’s elected state attorney, is visiting the scene Friday.

“We’ve got to look at the reality that there may be some negligence down the line,” Perez said. Federal authorities, including the National Transportation Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are on the scene and leading their investigations. Perez said local agencies will look to those probes to help determine who may be at fault. “It will help determine whether someone is liable for this,” Perez said. “It’s obviously an accident either way. We have to look to see if somebody contributed to that accident.”

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