Aerial view shows a pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, U.S., March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
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As Florida authorities work to identify the people who died in Thursday's catastrophic bridge collapse, state and federal investigators will begin the task of figuring out how and why the 5-day-old span failed.The $14.2 million pedestrian bridge was supposed to open in 2019 as a safe way for students to cross the busy road.When the bridge collapsed, the main tower had not yet been installed, and it was unclear what the builders were using as temporary supports.The FIU community, along with Sweetwater and county officials, held a "bridge watch party" March 10 . That's when the span was lifted from its temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees across an eight-lane thoroughfare and lowered into its permanent position over the busy road.FIU President Mark Rosenberg said during a news conference that tests were being done on Thursday. Authorities said two construction workers were on the bridge when it collapsed; it's unclear what the tests were or if they contributed to the failure.
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