Just three days after a helicopter crashed into the East River in New York City, there has been another tragic accident. Today, March 15th, a pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami, Florida killed several people.
According to NBC, the bridge was meant to open for public use in 2019, and was supposed to survive hurricane-force winds. The 950-ton bridge fell across a six-lane highway, and the Miami-Dade County Police told the Miami Herald that at least eight cars were crushed in the accident. According to the Herald, at least eight people were transported to the hospital, although their conditions are unknown.
FIU installed the bridge on March 10th, tweeting a photo along with a caption that described it as a “first-of-its-kind-pedestrian bridge.” The bridge was originally meant to enable students to cross safely from the university’s campus to the nearby city of Sweetwater, where off-campus housing and some newer dormitories are located.
The university issued a statement about the bridge collapse saying that it was “shocked and saddened” by the accident.
Journalists and bystanders captured chilling photos of the terrifying bridge collapse.
The cause of the Miami bridge collapse is still unknown.
Munilla Construction Management (MCM), the company that built the bridge, said in a statement that it would investigate the cause of the collapse and would cooperate with outside investigators as well. FIGG Engineering, which had partnered with MCM in designing the bridge, also issued a statement that it would “fully cooperate with every appropriate authority” in trying to determine the cause.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that President Donald Trump has been briefed about the situation.
This horrific accident is shocking, and we’ll be watching to see how this story unfolds. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.