Florida Pedestrian Bridge Constructed Barely A Week Ago Collapses, Killing ‘Multiple’ People

Florida Pedestrian Bridge Constructed Barely A Week Ago Collapses, Killing ‘Multiple’ People

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The main span of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University constructed as recently as Saturday has collapsed, reportedly leaving “multiple” people dead and crushing cars underneath.

The span had been rapidly installed in less than a day, following months of planning, according to a story in the Miami Herald. The bridge was expected to open in 2019. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused it to collapse.

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“Before Saturday’s installation, FIU said the method of overall installation significantly reduced the risk to workers, walkers, drivers and minimized traffic disruptions for construction,” the Herald reported.

FIU advised on Twitter to avoid the area, while police worked to secure the scene. A reporter for the Herald at the scene aid police had confirmed “multiple deaths.”

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The university said in a brief statement that it was “shocked and saddened about the tragic events” that were unfolding at the bridge.

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“At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information,” the statement said. “We are working closely with authorities and first responders on the scene.”

A press release about the installation of the bridge appeared to be deleted from FIU’s website as of 2:45 p.m. The university highlighted the span in a video last week, calling it the “first-of-its-kind” and saying it was “about building bridge ands student safety.”

This post is being updated as we get more.

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via Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com

March 15, 2018 at 03:18PM

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