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BREAKING: FIU pedestrian bridge collapses, killing several

BREAKING: FIU pedestrian bridge collapses, killing several

The Florida International University pedestrian bridge under construction on Southwest Eighth Street has collapsed, crushing cars and injuring several people.

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The collapse occurred at Southwest 109th Avenue and Eighth Street on Thursday afternoon, according to multiple news reports. Several people were killed, according to Florida Highway Patrol, 7 News Miami reported.

Crews lowered the bridge into position on Saturday and reopened the street to traffic on Monday. Munilla Construction Management is installing the 950-ton, 289-foot-long bridge, which was expected to be completed early next year. It was 109 feet tall and 32 feet wide.

In a news release, FIU said it was “shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge” and was still gathering information about the accident.

The bridge was also slated to connect to University Bridge Residences, a student rental development planned for the northwest corner of that intersection. [Local 10] — Amanda Rabines

This is a developing story.


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