En Español
Call Us 24/7 for a FREE Consultation

Pedestrian Bridge Collapse in Miami Kills at Least One Person

Officials report that at least one person was killed after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on Florida International University on March 15.

"There are eight vehicles that are trapped underneath as far as we know and we are going to try and get to them as quickly as we can,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Wednesday.

The bridge cost approximately $14.2 million to build, and was constructed using funds provided by a United States Department of Transportation grant. Its span was installed on Saturday, though parts of the structure were still undergoing construction. It was built to last for at least 100 years and withstand the force of a Category 5 hurricane, and was supposed to connect the nearby Sweetwater neighborhood, where many FIU students live, to the campus across the highway.

The bridge span was just installed this past Saturday, only 5 days ago. Although construction on the bridge hasn’t been completed, it’s raised serious concern that the engineering should have prohibited such a thing to happen.

"I can't describe it," FIU civil engineering student Ricardo Dejo told CNN. "We were really excited about the bridge (before the crash). Everything looked fine. I went underneath it with my own car and it looked great."

Officials are currently investigating what caused the 950-ton bridge to collapse.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or death due to someone’s negligence, please contact our office at (888) 650-0918 to discuss your case with our experienced injury attorneys. Backed with more than 100 years of collective experience, our legal team specializes in serious injury cases.


When You’ve Been Wronged, We Make it Right

To discuss your case with a professional who cares, call our team at (888) 650-0918 or fill out the form below.

  • Please enter your name.
  • This isn't a valid email address.
    Please enter your email address.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
    Please enter your phone number.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.