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The Florida International University bridge that collapsed outside Miami

J. Harris

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Crushed cars are shown under a section of a collapsed pedestrian bridge, March 16, 2018 near FlU

The Most Horrible Accident

Just another "out of the blue" catastophe here in south Florida. One minute you're fine and minding your own business, next minute you're dead.

Eventhough this was a couple of years ago, our hearts still go out to the families of the victims of this tragic accident.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/bridge-collapse-victims-found-dead-cars-removed-scene/story?id=53817179

All this was a result of not closing the highway for precautionary measures and notices or phone messages that were left on a landline of cracks in the bridge which were not gotten to until it was too late.

". . . obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective although obviously the cracking is not good and something’s going to have to be, ya know, done to repair that.” Denney Pate with FIGG bridge engineers.

The bridge had already fallen.

A total of eight cars were trapped under the bridge after it crumbled. Six were "significantly entangled."

All cars along with the bodies were removed with dignity and respect. There was so much heavy debris that had to be broken up to get to them. They also found one student of FIU was killed also. The students had a memorial for her later.

Alexander Concha, 36, and Ivy Polanco, 23, were ready to have lunch Thursday at Panther’s Boulevard Cafe, about a block from the bridge, when they heard sirens wailing and helicopters buzzing. Concha thought, " I hope it's not the bridge," but it was.

The bridge collapsed during Florida International’s spring break.

“It’s very lucky that we are on spring break and that this didn’t happen during rush hour,” said Polanco, an FIU student. “It could have been so much worse.” Source: Washington Post

UPDATE

As of March 2, 2021, plans to rebuild the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge have moved forward. Florida's Department of Transportation will directly oversee the design and construction of the bridge.

The university has transferred the money needed to construct the crossing to Florida’s Department of Transportation, paving the way for detailed design to begin.

It comes nearly three years since the bridge collapsed onto a live highway killing six people.

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report into the collapse concluded that design calculation errors made by MCM’s consultant Figg Bridge Engineers were ultimately to blame. But failures by the independent design checker, client, contractor and on-site construction supervisor also contributed to the disaster. Source:https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/fiu-bridge-plans-to-rebuild-collapsed-florida-bridge-move-forward-02-03-2021/

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