Shocking: Footbridge in Florida collapses on cars, several feared dead

At least eight cars were trapped when the footbridge collapsed in what eyewitness accounts described as a "loud bang, like an explosion."

Mar 16, 2018, 16:44 PM IST
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A walkway connecting Florida International University to a student housing area collapsed on traffic below, crushing cars on the motorway below. (All photos courtesy: Reuters; Text: AFP)  

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The walkway had went up recently but was not operational. At the time, authorities had claimed that the construction had been done in a way that traffic below was not disrupted.  

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It had been erected using an accelerated modular building method that enabled it to go up in the space of a day.  

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The university had only recently been celebrating the construction of the bridge across a busy and dangerous section of highway that students said had been the scene of accidents.  

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At last count, six people had died while several others were injured. At least eight cars were trapped when the 950-ton (tonne) bridge suddenly gave way.  

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Police detective Juan Carlos Llera said when the bridge came down, it "sounded like an explosion. A huge bang."  

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Bridge collapses in the United States are infrequent despite rising risks associated with aging infrastructure.  

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The deadliest such incident this century was in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2007, when an eight-lane bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people.  

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