A newly created pedestrian bridge crossing several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University. It killed four people.

After the 950-ton bridge crushed vehicles on one of the busiest roads in South Florida. Also, emergency personnel with sniffer dogs searched for signs of life among the debris of concrete slabs and twisted metal.

At least eight vehicles were stuck in the debris of the bridge. There are at least 10 people who have been transported to a hospital as per the officials.

Observers told local media the vehicles were stopped at a traffic light when the bridge collapsed on top of them at around 1:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT).

We’re working our way into the pile trying to create holes that we can actually physically see,” Miami-Dade Fire Department Division chief Paul Estopian told reporters.

As per CBS Miami television, police requested television helicopters leave the area. So saviors could hear any sounds of people crying for help from under the collapsed structure.

Why it got collapsed

Student Aura Martinez was having lunch in a nearby restaurant with her mother. Then a waitress told her the bridge had collapsed. She ran outside and helped pull a woman out of her car, most of which was compressed by the bridge.

To keep the inevitable disturbance of traffic associated with bridge construction to a minimum. The 174-foot portion of the bridge was built next to Southwest 8th Street. It is built by using a method called Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). It was focused into its perpendicular position across the road by a rig in only six hours on Saturday, according to a statement by the university.

The $14.2 million bridge was designed to resist a Category 5 hurricane. The most dangerous measure by the National Hurricane Center, and built to last 100 years.

The National Transportation Safety Board was sending a team to investigate why it collapsed. Governor Scott and US Senator Marco Rubio went to the scene of the collapse.

Key points:

  • The newly built $14.2 million bridge was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and built to last a 100 years.
  • There have been claims that the firm chose was not pre-qualified to check the design of the bridge.
  • At least eight vehicles are still stuck in the wreckage, as per recent reports.


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