A week after a massive pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, crushing many cars and six people under it, a video of the Florida bridge- captured from the dashcam of a vehicle on the highway – has surfaced, showing the 950-ton structure crumble down.
Posted on YouTube, the video shows multiple cars in three queues, waiting to pass the traffic junction just a few metres after the $14.2 million bridge. And then it happens. The newly-built bridge plummets onto traffic on one of the busiest roads in South Florida, crushing cars and people underneath.
Drivers quickly got out of their cars and headed to the crash site in search of the victims, video shows.
The bridge was undergoing a stress test when the crash happened, authorities said.
An engineer reported cracks to the Florida Department of Transportation two days before the incident, but his voicemails went unnoticed, CBS News reported.
It’s unknown if the cracks caused the collapse.
The bridge was set to open next year. Reports have it that one of the six victims, Alex Duran, was an FIU student.
Watch the video below:
The 174-feet-long bridge connected the Florida International University (FIU) with the city of Sweetwater and was installed in six hours over the eight-lane highway on March 15.
The Florida bridge was intended to provide a walkway over the busy street, where an 18-year-old female FIU student from San Diego was killed in August as she attempted to cross, according to reports.
To limit disruption to traffic during construction, the 174-foot portion of the bridge was built adjacent to Southwest 8th Street, using a method called Accelerated Bridge Construction.
The bridge was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, the rating given the most dangerous storms by the National Hurricane Center, and built to last 100 years.
Investigations are already ongoing into the cause of the fatal collapse of the Florida bridge