A new 950-ton footbridge in Miami, Florida, USA, collapsed suddenly on the afternoon of March 15, local time. At least eight passing vehicles were crushed into deformation, and a large number of injured were trapped, killing 10 people.
With the arrival of multiple fire and ambulances, search and rescue operations are still ongoing.
Some engineers said that the cause of the accident needs to be investigated, but it is an indisputable fact that the construction method of the overpass is too dangerous; another student pointed out that the overpass was completed in a short time and had doubts about its safety.
Miami Police Chief Juan Perez confirmed that some people were killed in the incident, but did not disclose the number. He said the priority is to save people as soon as possible.
A statement from Florida International University (FIU) near the scene of the death incident expressed shock and grief over the incident, referring to the school and rescue workers at the scene.
The treaty's 52-meter-long footbridge connects 8th Street and 109 Avenue in the Southwest. It was completed on March 10th. It was originally scheduled to open in 2019, mainly to make it easier for students from nearby Florida International University to cross the busy Highway. It is reported that the students have not yet started classes during the spring holidays.
Be Robert Bea, a professor of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, said developers use the "quick erection and installation" method to install prefabricated components before the central support tower is completed. He said the new attempt on a highway was "completely gambling."
Cristina Rodriguez, a 23-year-old female student who would drive past the incident site on weekdays, said that she was not surprised by the news of the collapse of the overpass: "The overpasses have risen too fast, and everyone can believe that it can bear weight. "