Multiple dead and injured in bridge collapse at Florida International University

OPINION: I think this incident will become known as the “negligence lawsuit for the colossally stupid”.

Civil engineers build a bridge over a highway in Florida and designed it to withstand Category 5 hurricanes and last for 100 years. So, once it was done they decided to test it to make sure it was good to go, and sadly, here is where all those expensive engineering degrees (and every vestige of common sense) abandoned them.

I’m not an engineer, but even I know that tests only have 2 outcomes: pass or fail, right? So these idiots decided it would be a good idea to run a stress test which, as the name implies, applies extreme additional stress to the bridge to see if it can withstand it. Simple enough idea, right? Only problem is that none of the degreed civil engineers running the test thought to consider the obvious: in a 50/50, pass/fail scenario, there is only a 50% chance of passing the test.

So they completely ignored that truth and ran the test anyway, with 6 lanes of traffic, vehicles and people clogging the area under the bridge.

Short story; the test failed, the bridge collapsed and all of the people and vehicles under the bridge were crushed.

Gross negligence/wrongful death lawsuits all around? And hopefully none of the jagoffs who ran the test will ever work in civil engineering again. 

4 dead, several injured in bridge collapse at Florida International University

SWEETWATER, Fla.

At least four people have been found dead in the rubble of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University Thursday, injuring several others and crushing several vehicles under massive slabs.

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‘Multiple’ fatalities when Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapses on vehicles

MIAMI (AP)

A pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway Thursday, crushing at least eight vehicles under massive slabs of concrete and steel and killing multiple people, authorities said.

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Rescuers look for more victims in deadly bridge collapse at FIU

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla.

At least one person has died as rescue teams search for victims among the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami, officials said Thursday afternoon.

At least eight cars were crushed …

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Special Report: NTSB Holds Preliminary News Conference On FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapse

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Florida university used time-saving technology to build its collapsed bridge

(CNN)The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, according to a statement from the university.

Unlike traditional methods of construction …

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Pedestrian Bridge Collapses at Florida International University in Miami, Crushing Vehicles

MIAMI—A new pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that was at the vanguard of innovative construction techniques collapsed Thursday afternoon, smashing cars under its wrecked concrete and causing multiple casualties.

Eight cars were …

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