Newly-Built Pedestrian Bridge Collapses On FIU Campus, Several People Reported Dead

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ABOVE VIDEO: Newly-Built Pedestrian Bridge Collapses On Campus of Florida International University.

MIAMI–DADE, FLORIDA (WSVN) – Several people have died after a pedestrian bridge under construction near Florida International University collapsed, according to officials.

Video first posted to Twitter, just before 2 p.m., shows the bridge on top of several cars on Southwest Eighth Street near 109th Avenue, Thursday, as police first responded to the scene.

The main part of the 174-foot span was assembled at the side of the road while support towers were built at either end.

The 950-ton bridge was meant to connect the City of Sweetwater directly with FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

The company constructing the bridge, Munilla Construction Management, also issued a statement on Facebook.

“Our family’s thoughts and prayers go 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. MCM is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist. We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way.

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