At least six people were killed when a pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a road near Florida International University in Miami, according to the Miami Herald.
In the afternoon of Thursday, March 15, the recently installed pedestrian bridge crashed onto six lanes of the busy Tamiami Trail.
The bridge was still under construction and not open to the public, however, vehicle traffic continued to pass beneath the bridge. The cause of the collapse is unknown at this time, but is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Rescue efforts turned to recovery overnight as authorities expect to find no further survivors.
Florida International University intended for the bridge to save lives at the busy intersection, where there had been previous pedestrian fatalities.
“Yesterday’s tragic accident of the bridge collapse stuns us, it saddens us. It’s exactly the opposite of what we had intended, and we want to express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of those affected,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg said in a statement released on Friday.
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