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Engineer left unheard voicemail warning of cracking on bridge 2 days before it collapsed, killing 6 people

Engineer left unheard voicemail warning of cracking on bridge 2 days before it collapsed, killing 6 people

A lead engineer responsible for a pedestrian bridge that collapsed near Miami left a voicemail message for a state transportation official two days before the crash warning of "some cracking," state officials said Friday night.

The engineer with the private contractor FIGG did not consider it a safety issue, he said. The message was not retrieved until Friday because the Florida Department of Transportation official to whom the voicemail was directed was out of the office on assignment, the state agency said. The message was left on a land line.

"Hey Tom, this is Denney Pate with FIGG bridge engineers. Calling to, uh, share with you some information about the...

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