Instant Bridge Collapses in Miami

A newly installed 950-ton bridge, that was installed within a few hours, collapsed on Florida International University’s campus Thursday, killing at least four people.

First responders tending to victims at the scene, searching for people in the rubble and loading others on stretchers into ambulances.

Firefighters have pulled out at least four deceased people from the rubble, Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey said at a Thursday evening press conference.

The “instant bridge” was assembled nearby and then lifted and lowered into place by special cranes. This seamless process was praised by Florida International University   for reducing risks to workers and pedestrians crossing the perilous Tamiami Trail and for and minimizing traffic disruptions.

The bridge had not been fully completed at the time of its collapse.

Munilla Construction Management collaborated on the project, along with FIGG Bridge Design.

A message from President Rosenberg:

Dear FIU family,

I am heartbroken at the news of the collapse of the pedestrian bridge on 8th Street and the resulting devastation. We send our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.

We are working with the appropriate agencies to assist in rescue efforts.

As soon as we have further information, we will share it with you. Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.


Mark B. Rosenberg