SWEETWATER, Fl. – Police have released the names of four people who were killed in Thursday’s collapse of an unfinished pedestrian bridge near Florida International University.
They were, according to the Miami-Dade police:
• Rolando Fraga Hernandez
• Oswald Gonzalez, 57
• Alberto Arias, 53
• Navarro Brown
The bodies of Fraga Hernandez, Gonzalez and Arias were recovered from crushed vehicles that workers extracted from the rubble on Saturday morning, police said.
Fraga Hernandez was in one vehicle, and Gonzalez and Arias were in another, police said.
Authorities have said they believe at least six people were killed in the collapse, including the three recovered Saturday and one who died in a hospital Thursday.
That leaves at least two people who authorities believe are still in the rubble. But Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp cautioned Saturday that the final death toll won’t be known until all the vehicles are removed.
The family of FIU student Alexa Duran has said that she was killed in the collapse, but police have not named her as being among the dead.
[Original story, published at 2:32 p.m. ET]
Three bodies were removed Saturday from the site of this week’s collapse of an unfinished pedestrian bridge in South Florida, and workers who’ve toiled day and night to find them hope to recover the rest by the end of the day, officials said.
Authorities have said they believe at least six people were killed in Thursday’s collapse near Florida International University, including the three recovered Saturday and one who died in a hospital.
The three bodies were in two crushed vehicles that workers extracted Saturday morning. Workers covered the crumpled cars with tarps and placed them onto flatbed trucks, which then took them away.
Crews were “paying respect with a moment of silence” before sending them to the medical examiner’s office, Miami-Dade police Director Juan Perez said.
“It’s going to be a long process” to remove the remaining vehicles, Perez said, “because (of) the … weight and size of the structure that is laying on top of these vehicles.”
Late Saturday morning, officials said four vehicles remained smashed under the rubble. Workers hoped to free them by Saturday night, Perez said.
Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp cautioned Saturday that the final death toll won’t be known until all the vehicles are removed.
While one family identified one of the dead as 18-year-old FIU student Alexa Duran, authorities have not named any of the victims, and some families have desperately waited for word on their loved ones.
Jorge Fraga has visited a local hospital, called the Red Cross and tried to get close to the debris looking for his 60-year-old uncle.
“I want to find out for sure if it’s him out there,” Fraga told CNN affiliate WPLG. “They saw the car — his Cherokee. We don’t know exactly his whereabouts.”