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Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing several, police say


A newly installed pedestrian bridge under still construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway Thursday, crushing motorists in their vehicles below.   

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Several people were killed in the collapse.  At least eight more were transported to nearby hospitals.

"It was like an explosion, it was like a bomb it was right behind us, it could have been us under that bridge," said witness Giovanni Hernandez. 

The bridge was adjacent to Florida International University, and would have connected the campus to the nearby town of Sweetwater.
"I was sitting at the light, I was the first car, if the light would have changed I was three seconds away from being under the bridge," said Susie Bermudez. 

The 950-ton section of the bridge was installed Saturday after being constructed nearby.  It spanned 174 feet across a busy seven-lane road.

The bridge was assembled on the side of the road before it was moved into place. According the university, the accelerated bridge construction was supposed to reduce risks to workers and minimize traffic disruption. 

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A new pedestrian bridge scheduled to open near the campus of Florida International University collapsed Thursday, with officials confirming multiple fatalities.

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At least two people were seen being taken to ambulances, while others were being treated by rescue crews.

Several cars could be seen pinned by massive slabs of concrete.  

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MIAMI (NBC NEWS) - A pedestrian walkway in Miami collapsed on Thursday, killing several people.

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The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the fatalities after multiple vehicles were crushed by the span near Florida International University's campus.

The bridge was scheduled to open early next year.

The walkway weighed 950 tons and was 174 feet long, according to FIU.

It was built and designed by MCM in partnership with FIGG Bridge Engineers with the expectation that it could withstand hurricane-force winds, the college said.

According to FIU, the bridge was lifted off its temporary support and placed in its permanent position — atop a seven-lane road — on Saturday.

The $11.4 million bridge was meant to connect the school to the city of Sweetwater. It is part of a $124 million expansion of the campus.

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MIAMI (AP) - A newly-installed pedestrian bridge has collapsed at Florida International University in the Miami area and it's not immediately clear if anyone is hurt.

The 950-ton span fell Thursday afternoon at the university's main Miami-area campus.

Video shows vehicles underneath the bridge were hit.


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