A developing story continues to roar headlines through South Florida involving a pedestrian bridge that connects Florida International University and Sweetwater, FL.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro Camacho reports that there have been several fatalities resulting in the FIU collapsed bridge.
The bridge was made for students and faculty of Florida International University to cross the busy roadways when needed. However, the bridge has yet to be completed and was set to open in 2019.
There has yet to be names reported but there have already been eight patients that have been transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center. Six out of the eight are pronounced dead.
Authorities said that the construction crew dropped an elevated span in replacement for the Tamiami Trail so that students can walk safely over to their destination.
One witness said that, “So many people go through this intersection every day, so its terrifying to see this happen.”
Two crew members were reportedly on one side of the bridge trying to replace something until the bridge collapsed for unknown reasons.
Majority of FIU students are out for spring break which reduced the amount of people in the area.
Authorities are still working on trying to save people and as if now, it is still unknown of how many people are injured or dead.
Officials also say that there were no warning signs and are still investigating on why it collapsed as soon as they recover everyone that have been trapped in their cars.
The pedestrian crossway was a product design of Munilla Construction Management Construction and FIGG Bridge Design. The project was funded under the U.S. Department of Transportation grant set for $11.4 million and the entire cost of the project was $14.2 million. MCM Constructions website indicated that it was a 175-foot section and an overall 320-foot long bridge.
FIU press release stated that the 950-ton bridge has only been installed in only matter of hours by using “accelerated bridge construction methods” which FIU believed it to “reduce potential risks to commuters, workers, and pedestrian so that it can minimize traffic interruptions.”
It has been reported that MCM Construction and FIGG Bridge Design have been accused of unsafe practices previously in the past.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the collapse.
THE FIU BRIDGE COLLAPSED OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/JO7jfx5AoN
— Gabriela Collazo (@GabrielaRose12) March 15, 2018