Networks Break In With Miami Bridge Collapse

By Chris Ariens Comment

A pedestrian bridge meant to connect a residential area with the campus of Florida International University has collapsed onto cars that were traveling down SW 8th Street, Tamiami Trail, in Miami.

The pedestrian bridge was not yet in use, and wasn’t going to be until later this year. The span was put into place just last weekend. As the Miami Herald reported Saturday, it was hoped the bridge would “provide students a safe route over the perilous roadway for the first time.” The method used to build it, Accelerated Bridge Construction, was also meant to reduce risk.

Cable news channels and streaming networks began covering the tragedy around 2:15 p.m. ET. At 2:35 p.m., Lester Holt anchored an NBC News Special Report. George Stephanopoulos broke in to ABC programming at 2:43 p.m.

There are 8 cars trapped under the span. There are several fatalities. At least 10 people were transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center, 2 are in critical condition and 8 are stable.

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