Photo, above: Cars, with drivers in them, crushed beneath the weight of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami
Horrific tragedy at Florida International University in Miami as a pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed, trapping motorists in their cars. Multiple casualties reported.
Several people have been reported dead after a newly constructed pedestrian bridge collapsed in Miami, Florida, according to Western Journal.
According to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Alejandro Camacho, “five to six vehicles” were crushed.
The bridge, which weighs 950 tons, went up on Saturday and was then lowered into its final position, CBS Miami reported.
The bridge was not scheduled to open to the public until early next year, NBC News reported.
First-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge “swings” into place. “FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” -President Mark B. Rosenberg. https://t.co/x8gPM9A4DG #worldsahead pic.twitter.com/mPEMeh2zmw
— FIU (@FIU) March 10, 2018
“The bridge was constructed using an innovative approach to bridge construction – a technique meant to reduce potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians and prevented traffic tie-ups in the area,” according to CBS Miami.
Immediately following Thursday’s incident, traffic was shut down in both directions
Photos and videos posted to social media in the aftermath of the collapse painted a grim picture of the destruction that had occurred.
This Miami bridge collapse is horrific. These cars have been completely flattened with drivers inside. pic.twitter.com/mZLkGP3DxF
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 15, 2018
You just said the dumbest damned thing I have heard today. Congratulations!
President Trump has been a busy guy but he has not been tinkering with the building code, I promise you. He has many bigger fish to fry.
— Powdered Wig Society (@Patreeit) March 15, 2018