A newly-erected pedestrian bridge in Florida has collapsed just four days after being put in place. As of right now, there are an unknown number of people killed.
The 950-ton, $14.2 million bridge was installed on Saturday at Florida International University in Miami. The bridge was designed to help with traffic problems and safety for pedestrians. It was 174-feet-long and had not opened to the public yet.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho stated;
“There are several fatalities. There are five to six vehicles underneath that are crushed.”
Some outlets are reporting that six injured people have been pulled out of the cars so far.
We are “stunned by today’s tragic collapse” and that “Our deepest sympathies are with all those affected by this accident. The firm said in 40-year history, “nothing like this has ever happened before. Our entire team mourns the loss of life and injuries associated with this devastating tragedy, and our prayers go out to all involved.”
MCM also expressed their sympathy;
“Our family’s thoughts and prayers to out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. The new UniversityCity Bridge, which was under construction, experienced a catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life.”
The bridge was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC methods) and was actually not scheduled to be completed until next year. The methods are designed to reduce risks for workers, commuters, and pedestrians. They also allow for installation with less traffic interruption.
Pictures were posted while the bridge was being installed showing how it swings into place. That allows for traffic to resume much more quickly than a regular bridge.
First-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge “swings” into place. “FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” -President Mark B. Rosenberg. https://t.co/x8gPM9A4DG #worldsahead pic.twitter.com/mPEMeh2zmw
— FIU (@FIU) March 10, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has sent a team to investigate the tragedy. Governor Rick Scott is on his way “to be briefed by local law enforcement and university officials.”
I have spoken with Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez about the pedestrian bridge collapse at FIU. I will be in constant communication with law enforcement throughout the day.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) March 15, 2018
Senator Marco Rubio is also reported to be heading to the scene.
Just spoke to @SecElaineChao On my way to @fiu where I have been an adjunct professor for 10 years. SW 8th street, the road under the collapsed bridge is heavily used by so many people in #Miami This is such a horrifying tragedy
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 15, 2018