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Brand New Bridge Near Florida International University Collapses In Miami – May Have Killed Several

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Published on: March 15, 2018

A brand new 950-ton, 174 feet long bridge near the Florida International University in Miami collapsed on Thursday, possibly killing several motorists.

According to reports the pedestrian bridge collapsed across an eight-lane highway and at least eight cars were crushed under its weight.

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The Miami Herald reports:

A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Thursday, just days after crews had dropped an elevated 950-ton span in place in a project that was intended to give Florida International University students a safe route across the busy roadway.

The bridge gave way suddenly while the traffic light for motorists on Tamiami Trail was red, so that the concrete span fell on top of a row of stopped vehicles.

A woman stopped at the light who was heading westbound said the structure fell without warning. The woman, who asked that her name not be used, said it was immediately clear to her that several people were dead.

At least one girl was pulled from her car after the bridge collapsed on the rear of it, but she was unscathed.

At least six people were said to have been taken to the hospital while at least one fatality occurred.

The bridge was brand new and allegedly was undergoing stress tests when it collapsed.

One of the companies that constructed the bridge, Munilla Construction Management, said in a statement that it will conduct a “full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong.”

“The new UniversityCity Bridge, which was under construction, experienced a catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life,” the company said. “MCM is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist.”

“We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge,” the university said in a statement. “At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information.”

“I was three seconds away from being under the bridge, but I looked forward. All of a sudden I saw the bridge collapse, and it started from the left side of the bridge and it really shocked me,” said Susie Bermudez.  “There’s probably like seven or eight cars under the bridge so it was very shocking to me, and I’m very grateful to be alive.”

“There was a young gentleman in a red Honda, and unfortunately there was nothing I could do, but he stuck his hand out and, at that point he passed away, he expired,” said Jose Mejia, who lives in Sweetwater and rushed to the scene when he heard a loud bang.

Miami Dade Fire Department tweeted out that there were several injuries they were attending.

First responders arrived quickly on the scene to provide assistance.

The school issued an immediate warning to avoid the area after the collapse.

Florida Governor Rick Scott canceled a tax cut highlight in Sanford in order to go to FIU to be briefed by first responders.

This story is developing.

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