A $14.9m bridge, 174-foot, 950-ton, crossed over a seven-lane road dividing the campus from the city of Sweetwater at the Florida International University west of Miami, collapsed on Thursday afternoon. Two workers were replacing something on the side of the bridge when it collapsed.
Florida Highway Patrol officials have confirmed multiple fatalities after the incident but did not give an exact number. Several cars were trapped underneath. Fire engines and ambulances were at the scene. The university tweeted: "The pedestrian bridge across Southwest Eighth Street has collapsed, please avoid the area." The bridge was dubbed an "instant" bridge and was installed on Saturday being moved into place by crane.
The area of the bridge collapse after accident
The bridge was still under construction and not open to pedestrians. It was put in place to increase the safety of students crossing the busy Tamiami Trail from one area of the campus to another. Expected to be finished in 2019, it was constructed using an innovative approach called accelerated bridge construction (ABC), meant to reduce potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians and prevented traffic tie-ups in the area. At least three patients were transported to the hospital after accident, according to Miami-Dade Fire. Many people go through this particular intersection every day. Students attending classes at FIU are currently on spring break, which likely reduced the number of pedestrians in the area. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump was aware of the situation and is monitoring it.