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A so-called “instant” bridge collapsed in Miami early this afternoon just days after its installation, reportedly trapping pedestrians underneath.

The bridge was installed by Florida International University to give students a safer crossing over, rather than across, the busy seven-lane Tamiami Trail.

The main span is 174 feet long. Pictures from the scene show most of the span collapsed and pancaked.

CNN is reporting that multiple people have been killed. Possibly a dozen dead.


FIU bridge collapse: Multiple fatalities reported – CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/15/us/miami-bridge-collapse/index.html(CNN)Multiple people have died as a result of a pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami, according to a spokesman with the Florida Highway Patrol.

FIU installs new pedestrian bridge over the Trail in a few hours | Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/Miami-dade/west-Miami-dade/article204506084.htmlInstant bridge? Not quite, but in a single morning Florida International University dropped a new elevated pedestrian span into place over the Tamiami Trail to provide students a safe route over the perilous roadway for the first time.

Once it’s finished in early 2019, the new pedestrian bridge will link FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus directly to the small suburban city of Sweetwater, where the university estimates 4,000 of its students live.

FIU pedestrian bridge collapses, people trapped underneath | Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/Miami-dade/West-Miami-dade/article205316174.htmlA pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Thursday, just days after crews dropped an elevated 950-ton span in place in a project that was intended to give Florida International University students a safe route across the busy roadway.

The bridge crashed across six lanes of heavily traveled Tamiami Trail, crushing a still undetermined number of car and killing a still unclear number of people. Police on the scene said at least six people could be dead. The Florida Highway Patrol reported five or six cars were trapped under the bridge. Miami-Dade County police said at least eight cars had been crushed under the walkway, which was not yet open to student traffic.

 


NOQ Staff Contributors: Eric Dixon & Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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