Timelapse Shows 6-Hour Installation of FIU Bridge—It Collapsed 5 Days Later Killing Several People

March 15, 2018 Last Updated: March 15, 2018

Florida International University touted its new pedestrian bridge on March 10, just five days before the structure collapsed, trapping several cars and leaving an unconfirmed number of people dead and injured.

“The main span of the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge was lifted from its temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees across an eight-lane thoroughfare, and lowered into its permanent position,” the March 10 press release said.

This video, a time-lapse of the construction, was posted with the press release on Twitter.

Five days later the bridge was in rubble.

“Several people were killed. I just don’t know how many,” Alejandro Camacho, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol told Reuters in a telephone interview.

There were at least five to six vehicles crushed underneath the pedestrian crosswalk, he added.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said multiple people were injured when the bridge collapsed. “We’re working on confirming numbers,” it stated on Twitter.

“FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg said in the press release. “We are filled with pride and satisfaction at seeing this engineering feat come to life and connect our campus to the surrounding community where thousands of our students live.”

The press release also said workers used the Accelerated Bridge Construction methods on the 174-foot, 950-ton section of the bridge, which was built adjacent to the street before being installed into place over the road. The university has an Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, which works on the methods used on the bridge, the press release said. “This method of construction reduces potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians and minimizes traffic interruptions.”

Credit: Florida International University via Storyful

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