Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Several were killed when a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed on Thursday, with reports of others trapped in the rubble, according to authorities in the United States. 

Miami Herald reported that the bridge was installed on Saturday morning.

Miami Dade Fire is currently securing the structure while continuing to search for patients.

“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.”


A new bridge

The $14.2 million pedestrian bridge crossed over a busy 7-lane road highway that divided the university campus campus from the city of Sweetwater.

The 950-ton span was installed on Saturday to much applause.

The university said that the bridge was built using an “accelerated bridge construction method in an attempt to reduce risks to workers and pedestrians and minimize traffic disruption, the university said.

The main part of the 174-foot span was assembled by the side of the road and had to be moved into place, reported CBC News.


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More details to follow. Image of the scene from B911.

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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