A pedestrian bridge at Florida International University has collapsed, trapping cars and people and killing several.
Florida International University is the site of a tragic bridge collapse that has claimed several lives. CNN is reporting that there are “several fatalities” though a specific body count is unknown. In addition 5 to 6 cars are trapped underneath the rubble.
The bridge is brand new and installation on the final section of the bridge has just been completed last weekend. This time lapse video shows the final shows the final section of bridge being put into place.
The pedestrian bridge was constructed using accelerated construction methods. According to press releases from FIU, Accelerated Bridge Construction “reduces potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians and minimizes traffic interruptions”. It’s also the first bridge to be constructed with “self-cleaning concrete”.
MCM, one of the construction companies that constructed the bridge has released a statement:
Our family’s thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. The new University City 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.
The other two construction companies, FIGG and Bolton Perez have not yet released statements.
This tragedy could have been much larger. The pedestrian walk portion of the bridge had not yet been opened and Florida International University campus is currently on spring break.
Rescue operations are underway at the collapse site.
We’ll continue to update this story as more details become available.