Bridge victim's grieving uncle lashes out at 'incompetence'

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Bridge victim's grieving uncle lashes out at 'incompetence'
Six crosses are placed at a makeshift memorial on the Florida International University campus in Miami on Saturday, March 17, 2018, near the scene of a pedestrian bridge collapse that killed at least six people on March 15. (AP Photo/Jennifer Kay)

MIAMI (AP) — A grieving uncle is lashing out against what he called a “colossal failure” that allowed a partially completed pedestrian bridge to collapse and kill his niece along with at least five other people.

Joe Smitha, whose niece, Alexa Duran, was crushed in Thursday’s collapse at Florida International University, says he can’t help but believe that the tragedy could have been avoided.

Authorities say six people were killed Thursday when the structure fell onto a busy six-lane road connecting the campus to the community of Sweetwater.

Workers continued to dig through the rubble Saturday. Late that night, police said they believe all the victims’ bodies have been recovered.