This past weekend, FIU installed a new pedestrian bridge over Tamiami Trail to provide students a safe crossing connecting the main campus to the city of Sweetwater. On Thursday afternoon, the bridge collapsed. The Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed several people dead and multiple cars trapped underneath the bridge.
Two of the firms who built the bridge have recently been accused of unsafe practices in the past. Munilla Construction Management was accused of injuring a TSA worker when an employee bridge he was walking on collapsed. Figg Bridge Group was fined for violating several safety rules in 2012 when a portion of a bridge in Virginia fell apart while under construction. Both companies have released statements following the tragedy on Thursday afternoon.
The FIU pedestrian bridge was built using a new approach to bridge construction, which was meant to reduce possible risks, avoid traffic tie-ups, and be cost-efficient. It was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. There has been no explanation issued as of yet for what triggered the collapse but a full investigation is being conducted.
On Friday morning, six people were confirmed dead and at least nine people were taken to hospitals. According to a post on twitter by Sen. Marco Rubio, "The cables that suspend the #Miami Bridge had loosened & the engineering firm ordered that they be tightened. They were being tightened when it collapsed."
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