At Florida International University in Miami, Florida, a bridge collapse occurred, causing at least one fatality and several personal injuries. Just before 2 pm, on Thursday afternoon, a pedestrian bridge that was still under construction collapsed, trapping about eight cars beneath it. Although it is reported that about eight victims were brought to various area hospitals for treatment, the Kendall Regional Medical Center stated that they received ten patients, two of whom sustained critical injuries. The police believe that there may be numerous fatalities, and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the reason for the bridge collapse.
Construction on the pedestrian bridge was prompted by a fatal pedestrian accident involving an 18-year-old student who was attempting to cross the busy highway to reach the campus last August. The bridge slated for completion next year would connect the Modesto A. Maidique campus to Sweetwater, Florida, where about 4,000 students live. Buildings or structures under construction may not be secure and lead to injuries or even fatalities for workers or individuals traveling in or around them. If the construction team failed to put the proper safeguards in place or to safely maintain the site, they could be liable for a serious accident.
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