Materials from the site of the collapsed Florida bridge were destroyed in the aftermath of the tragedy which killed six people, it has been revealed.
A Miami circuit judge has demanded answers to why 26 threaded steel rods were melted down after being removed from the site by one of the companies working on the FIU pedestrian bridge.
The contractor Structural Group has admitted destroying the rods, despite them previously being “identified for preservation” along with a steel bolt.
However a lawyer for the group said that it was acting under the instructions of general contractor MCM’s site supervisor
“It’s distressing,” said Judge Jennifer Bailey. “I’m dismayed, as I’m sure everyone in this room is dismayed, at this turn of events – given the time and effort and detail that was put into the order regarding the disposition of the material from the bridge collapse.”
“I just want to know what happened and who was on the scene and who were the decision makers and how did this happen?”
A photograph of shows that only the bolt – laying on top of the rods – had a yellow tag attached to it.
The rods are the same size as those being tightened in the truss that failed, so they could be significant, one lawyer argued. The NTSB also collected rods of that size from the site and tested them, finding no issues with the materials, the agency said.
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