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Bridge Collapses 5 Days After Installation; Multiple Fatalities

Pedestrian bridge was installed near Florida International University on Saturday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2018 1:51 PM CDT
Multiple Deaths Reported in Florida Bridge Collapse
In this frame from video, emergency personnel work at the scene of a collapsed bridge in the Miami area, Thursday, March 15, 2018.   (WPLG-TV via AP)

(Newser) – Officials say several people are dead after a new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a road near the Florida International University campus Thursday in Miami, CBS Miami reports. According to the Miami Herald, the 950-ton bridge was installed Saturday to provide pedestrian access between FIU's main campus and an area where students live in off-campus housing and new dorms.

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The Florida Highway Patrol says five to six vehicles were crushed under the collapsed bridge, ABC News reports. The highway patrol says several people were killed, but an exact number of injuries and fatalities is unknown. It's also unknown why the pedestrian bridge collapsed. The bridge was built using a new method meant to reduce risks to workers and traffic impacts during construction. (Read more bridge collapse stories.)

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