Still No Answers In Fatal Florida Bridge Collapse As NTSB Begins Investigation

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March 15, 2018

There are still no answers as rescuers continue to sift through the rubble of a deadly footbridge collapse over a busy eight-lane highway near the campus of Florida International University in Miami.

University officials, students, and residents were stunned by the sudden catastrophe that occurred just after 1:30 pm local time, Thursday.

Investigators from the National Transportation and Safety Board are on their way to the site.

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What caused the 950-ton structure to collapse is still unknown and will be the subject of an investigation as more is learned about how such a thing could happen.

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Numerous pedestrians and vehicles were trapped under the hulking structure as it came down. As firefighters rushed to reach those trapped, they have confirmed that several deaths have already occurred.

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According to USA Today, "The project was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction methods, which are being advanced at FIU’s Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center.

"This method of construction reduces potential risks to workers, commuters, and pedestrians and minimizes traffic interruptions," said University President Mark B. Rosenberg, in a press release issued Saturday, the day the bridge opened.

According to The Mirror, "The $11 million project aimed to connect the university with a nearby new housing development."

The bridge was constructed in a manner that is considered to be safer than traditional ways. It was built next to the road and then moved to the permanent site after completion.

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For now, rescuers are working furiously to reach those who have been trapped with a priority on evacuating the area - out of fears that the rest of the bridge may collapse.

To view video footage of the aftermath, click, below:

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This story is developing so be sure to check back later for updates.

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