A newly erected pedestrian bridge collapsed across a road in Miami on Thursday afternoon, reportedly trapping cars and people underneath.
WSVN-TV has reported that several people have died. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue has confirmed multiple injuries.
The bridge stretched along Florida International University’s campus, across Southwest Eighth Street, and had not yet opened to pedestrians. It was only lifted into place on Saturday and was still under construction with completion expected by early 2019, according to the school.
Lt. Kirsten Miller of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told WSVN that at least five people have been transported to hospitals from the collapse site.
“There are several victims. It’s continuously changing on the numbers of victims,” she said. “Time is precious. We don’t know what we will find once the bridge is lifted.”
Twitter user Damani Reed, who told HuffPost that he heard the bridge collapse from a nearby apartment building, snapped a photo that showed the destruction spread across the multiple-lane road.
“It wasn’t too loud it sounded like two metal walls fell over,” Reed wrote HuffPost.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said on Twitter that he has been in contact with Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez about the collapse.
Florida International University also released a statement saying that it was “shocked and saddened about the traffic events unfolding” and that it would share updates “as we have them.”
THE FIU BRIDGE COLLAPSED OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/JO7jfx5AoN— Gabriela Collazo (@GabrielaRose12) March 15, 2018
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