Munilla Construction Management has posted the following condolence message on their Facebook page after the 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed in Miami, across a busy 8-lane highway, crushing several cars and killing multiple people:
Our family’s thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. The new UniversityCity Bridge, which was under construction, experienced a catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life. MCM is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist. We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way.
Saturday was a day of celebration in Miami, Florida, as the 950-ton pedestrian bridge was swung into place across the 8-land highway, which would now connect the Florida International University with the City of Sweetwater, providing a safe way for students to go back and forth between the university and Sweetwater.
Thursday afternoon it collapsed, as cars were stopped at a right light underneath it, leaving rescuers scrambling to try to save those crushed beneath its weight. Multiple deaths and injuries have been reported, but the exact number is still unknown.
According to Fox News, one witness has reported that a stress test was being done on the bridge at the time it collapsed.
Just 3 and one-half hours earlier, the company had posted on Facebook about the bridge’s installation on Saturday, writing, “On Saturday, the local community gathered to watch the 950-ton Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge move across Southwest 8th Street. In the crowd was FIU alumna and MCM’s Project Executive Leonor Flores, who got to share her work with her family. FIU News shares more about this special moment here.”
Below are time-lapse videos of the bridge’s construction and being moved into place.
I’m on my way to Florida International University to be briefed by local law enforcement and university officials. pic.twitter.com/4RyoeELh9m
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) March 15, 2018
my school finished putting up a bridge a few days ago and it literally just fell. my roommate and i heard it from our rooms and ran to the balcony pic.twitter.com/JOtoLuC3Qs
— 🖤 (@Ialilulelo) March 15, 2018