‘Several Dead’ After Newly Installed Pedestrian Bridge at Florida International University Collapses, Trapping People and Cars Underneath… Developing…

The FIU pedestrian bridge across Southwest Eighth Street collapsed Thursday afternoon, trapping an unknown number of people and cars underneath.

The bridge was installed at Southwest 109th Avenue Saturday morning, intended eventually to provide pedestrian access across Tamiami Trail from FIU’s main campus to Sweetwater, where thousands of students live in off-campus housing or in FIU’s newer dorms.

Before Saturday’s installation, FIU said the method of overall installation significantly reduced the risk to workers, walkers, drivers and minimized traffic disruptions for construction.

SOURCE: DAVID J. NEAL AND MONIQUE O. MADAN
Miami Herald