Newly installed pedestrian bridge span collapses in Miami, resulting in fatalities

Newly installed pedestrian bridge span collapses in Miami, resulting in fatalities
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[Ed. – They don’t seem to have a firm number yet.  This was only hours ago, and cars were crushed under the bridge. Nasty.  The installation was apparently only of the basic span for the bridge, which wasn’t to open until early next year.  The structure wasn’t completed yet, so at least it didn’t have a lot of people walking across it, unsuspecting.]

A pedestrian walkway in Miami collapsed on Thursday, killing several people.

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

According to Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue, there were people on the bridge and several cars underneath it. …

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

The bridge was scheduled to open early next year and designed to withstand hurricane-force winds. Built across the seven-lane Tamiami Trail, the planned walkway connected the FIU campus to the town of Sweetwater where the university estimates some 4,000 students live.

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