On March 15, 2018 – According to Reuters, 6 to 10 people were killed because of a bridge collapse in Florida. On Thursday, pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University and blocked the road. The 950-ton bridge has trapped eight vehicles and 6 to 10 people were killed according to local authorities.
The incident occurred in of the busiest roads in the South Florida. Luckily, the accident didn’t occur during rush hours, so number of people affected was low. As Florida International University is currently on spring break, it was fortunate to avoid catastrophic results.
Rapidly, emergency personnel arrived in the location with their trained sniffer dogs to help people in the scene. Even more, police officials asked television helicopters to leave from the area in order to avoid noise slowing down the process of reaching to people who were stuck under the bridge. This is why, local media went on the ground and reported from the scene without helicopters.
The main problem regarding this situation was that the bridge was brand-new and was installed on Saturday. According to local sources, the main mission for building this bridge was to prevent danger for students crossing the highway. Because, FIU student from San Diego (18 years old) lost her life last August trying to cross the street.
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CBS affiliate reported that student Aura Martinez and her mother was having a lunch in a restaurant nearby. Once a waitress told them that the bridge had collapsed, she ran outside to help a woman who was trapped. Half of her car was stuck and completely destroyed under the bridge. Luckily, they were able to help the woman to get out of the car. Here how she explained the situation to the local CBS affiliate:
“Her car, it was literally a miracle of God, her car got squished by the bridge from the back, so she was able to get out and she was on the floor and it was just very traumatic.”
Officials said that Florida Governor Rick Scott will reach to the scene for further inspection about the incident.