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Jamaican man among victims of Florida bridge collapse

Published:Saturday | March 17, 2018 | 1:14 PM
This photo provided by DroneBase shows the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in the Miami area on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

A Jamaican man identified as 37-year-old Navaro Brown, was among the six people who died when a bridge designed to connect Florida International University in the United States to a nearby community, collapsed onto a highway on Thursday.

Brown was employed to Structural Technologies VSL, a US-based company that offers products to strengthen bridges.


Family and friends say Brown is from Mocho, in Clarendon.

Media reports in the US say Structural Technologies VSL has confirmed that two other employees were injured in the incident, but has declined to discuss what Brown and his colleagues were doing on the bridge at the time it collapsed.

The company, however, confirmed that it was working on the project by providing installation support for its products. 

IN PHOTO: This March 10, 2018 photo shows an early morning view of the main span of the a pedestrian bridge that is being positioned to connect the City of Sweetwater, to Florida International University near Miami.

Authorities said Friday that the cables suspending a pedestrian bridge were being tightened after a "stress test" when the 950-ton concrete span collapsed over traffic, killing at least six people only days after its installation was celebrated as a technological innovation.

As state and federal investigators worked to determine why the five-day-old span failed, Florida politicians pointed to the stress test and loosened cables as possible factors, and a police chief asked everyone not to prematurely arrive at conclusions.

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