Six Dead, 10 Hospitalized After Bridge Collapses On Florida Campus

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The 174-feet-long (53-meter-long) bridge connected the university with the city of Sweetwater and was installed on Saturday in six hours over the eight-lane highway, according to a report posted on the university's website.

Six people were killed Thursday when the FIGG Bridge Group's newly constructed Miami bridge collapsed over a busy street. They ranged in age from 20 to 50.

The recovery effort, though, is complex and rife with perils.

"There is the sad possibility that under the concrete there may be additional vehicles", Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, said at a news conference Friday.

Officer Lee Cowart, a spokesperson of the Miami-Dade police department, confirmed to the Miami Herald, that they no longer believe they will find anyone alive in the wreckage of the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University. "They were being tightened when it collapsed", he said. It linked the community of Sweetwater with the campus of Florida International University.

The pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami was designed as a suspension bridge, but the central tower typical of such a structure wasn't in place when the main span was lifted into place Saturday.

"So many people lost their lives, and now injured".

"This is such a horrifying tragedy", said Senator Marco Rubio, who periodically teaches classes at FIU.

"It is exactly the opposite of what we had intended and we want to express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of those who have been affected", FIU President Mark Rosenberg said in a video. Authorities said two construction workers were on the bridge when it collapsed.


ABC streamlines the building process so bridge construction projects can be completed quicker and be more cost-efficient. "We're trying to navigate through some hard times".

The $140 million bridge is scheduled to open next year.

Officials had praised the quick completion of the bridge, which reportedly finished weeks ahead of schedule.

Rubio, an adjunct professor at the school, noted the pedestrian bridge was meant to be an innovative, "one-of-a-kind engineering design". We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why.

But media outlets were quick to point out that Figg has been involved in bridge collapses.

A USA senator demanded documents on Friday related to the construction of a new footbridge in Miami that collapsed a day earlier and killed at least six people, as federal and local investigators worked to determine the cause of the tragedy.

CGTN's Nitza Soledad Perez was at the scene shortly after the bridge collapse Thursday. "MCM is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist".

Bridge collapses in the United States are infrequent despite rising risks associated with aging infrastructure.

Multiple vehicles swarmed the area, and television footage showed a crane being moved into position where the bridge lay in sections across Southwest Eighth Street.

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