A pedestrian bridge in Miami has collapsed onto SW 8th Street near the Florida International University (FIU) campus. There are vehicles trapped underneath the collapsed bridge, and officials report several dead and injured, reports WSVN and other media outlets citing the Florida Highway Patrol.
The main section of the bridge was moved into place on Saturday, March 10, 2018 and was still under construction when it collapsed. The bridge crossed SW 8th Street near SW 109th Avenue. It was meant to provide pedestrians safe passage from the City of Sweetwater on the North side of the road to and from the FIU campus on the South side of the road.
First responders and investigators are currently on the scene as they attend to those injured or killed and attempt to identify people trapped in the rubble.
Family Reunification Area Set Up on FIU Campus
FIU has set up a family reunification area on campus at the Student Academic Success Center (SASC) Building. Pedestrians heading to the reunification site should use the entrance at SW 107th Avenue and 16th Street.
Cause of Bridge Collapse Unclear
It is too early to speculate on the cause of the bridge collapse. The bridge stretched 174 feet and weighed 950 tons.
Munilla Construction Management was the company tasked with constructing the bridge. The company released the following statement via Facebook:
Our family’s thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. The new UniversityCity 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.
FIGG Engineering, which was also involved in the bridge’s construction, released this statement:
We are stunned by today’s tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was under construction over Southwest Eighth Street in Miami,” the statement read. “Our deepest sympathies are with all those affected by this accident. We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why. In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before. Our entire team mourns the loss of life and injuries associated with this devastating tragedy, and our prayers go out to all involved.
The investigation will take some time as officials perform search and rescue, remove debris from the road, and investigate what caused the bridge’s collapse.
Anidjar & Levine extends our sympathies to those injured and the families of those killed in this tragedy.