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      Jorge De La Torre Death: 27-year-old Identified as Victim in Fort Lauderdale Bridge’s crane collapse

      Jorge De La Torre

      In a heartbreaking turn of events, Jorge De La Torre, a 27-year-old construction worker, tragically lost his life in the incident on the Southeast 3rd Avenue bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale. As authorities work to gather information on the other victims injured in the incident, the community mourns the loss of a beloved individual.

      The devastating news was confirmed through a heartfelt Facebook post, presumably from De La Torre’s wife or girlfriend, expressing profound love and grief for him. The post shared details about De La Torre, including his name, birthday, and the date of the incident, along with poignant photos capturing precious moments with his two young children.

      The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, on the bridge over the New River, near Southeast 4th Street. According to Fort Lauderdale fire officials, the construction crew was extending the crane’s height when a platform and pieces of the crane fell from the building. Tragically, De La Torre fell with the crane section, sustaining fatal injuries. Despite the crane remaining securely attached to the building, the fallen section landed on the nearby bridge, causing damage to at least two vehicles.

      Two individuals in the vehicles were transported to the hospital, one in stable condition and the other with minor injuries, while another person received on-site treatment for their injuries. Footage from Chopper 6 revealed the extent of the damage, with a crushed vehicle and another damaged car in close proximity.

      The scene was swiftly responded to by multiple police units and paramedics, highlighting the urgency and severity of the situation. Mark Cerezin, whose Tesla was damaged by the falling crane piece, shared his account of the moment of impact and the subsequent damage to his vehicle, underscoring the chaotic and distressing nature of the incident.

      As the investigation continues and the community grapples with the aftermath of this tragedy, Jorge De La Torre is remembered as a cherished individual whose life was cut short too soon. The outpouring of support and condolences serves as a testament to the impact he had on those around him, leaving behind a legacy of love and kindness that will be dearly missed.

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