Newly-Built Pedestrian Bridge Collapses On FIU Campus, Several People Reported Dead
By WSVN // March 15, 2018
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 FIU BRIDGE COLLAPSED OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/JO7jfx5AoN
— Gabriela Collazo (@GabrielaRose12) March 15, 2018
— FIU (@FIU) March 15, 2018
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.