A 950 ton pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday. There were numerous casualties. The bridge had just been placed a few days ago, but was still under construction and no open to pedstrians. The screams of people who were trapped, or crushed in their cars were heard by witnesses who stated that “It felt as if there was a earthquake.”
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
According to FIU,
“The 174-foot, 950-ton section of the bridge was built adjacent to Southwest Eight Street using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) methods, which are being advanced at FIU’s Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC). This method of construction reduces potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians and minimizes traffic interruptions. The main span of the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge was installed in a few hours with limited disruption to traffic over this weekend.”
But something went horribly wrong. The “accelerated bridge construction” method may have been too accelerated for safety, or the steel used may have been compromised.
The bridge was scheduled to be fully completed in January 2019, PantherNOW reported. It was funded by an $11.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, a DOT spokesperson told ABC News.
The street that the bridge stretches over, 8th Street, is a busy road that runs from downtown Miami and west, all the way to the Everglades.
.@PressSec on deadly Florida bridge collapse: “Our brave first responders are working feverishly to save lives. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and offer whatever support is needed to the local officials and community.” https://t.co/MiQYWDiEl3 pic.twitter.com/bZiEdrH61k
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 15, 2018
Florida State Police confirmed numerous fatalities and vehicles crushed in the incident. Miami-Dade Police, as well as Fire and Rescue were also on scene, as 5 or 6 cars were crushed when the bridge collapsed.
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) March 15, 2018
Miami bridge: ‘People trapped’ after collapse at university https://t.co/UcW4LyNyvD
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 15, 2018
Witnesses to the pedestrian bridge collapse on Florida International University Miami campus say they “didn’t hear anything, didn’t see anything, it just fell.” https://t.co/3kekuhfTgx pic.twitter.com/pofrpR7U94
— ABC News (@ABC) March 15, 2018
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 15, 2018
— Al Boe BREAKING NEWS (@AlBoeNEWS) March 15, 2018
The NTSB is investigating.