UPDATE [3/15/18, 4:50 p.m. ET]:
The Munilla Corporation, which built and designed the bridge, released a statement saying it would investigate what happened:
— Munilla Construction (@WeAreMCM) March 15, 2018
In a statement, the Department of Transportation said Secretary Elaine Chao contacted Florida officials:
MORE: U.S. Department of Transportation statement on bridge collapse: “The Secretary offered the full assistance and support of the Department for both the immediate and long-term needs the community will have.” https://t.co/3kekuhxuF7 pic.twitter.com/42kAMG9fm1
— ABC News (@ABC) March 15, 2018
Chao, the statement said, dispatched staff in support of the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the collapse.
UPDATE [3/15/18, 3:15 p.m. ET]:
Florida International University said in a statement that it was participating in recovery efforts:
We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge. At this time we are still involved in the rescue efforts and gathering information. We are working closely with authorities and first responders on the scene. We will share updates as we have them.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said he spoke with Miami-Dade County police and tweeted that he would visit FIU to receive a briefing from law enforcement:
I’m on my way to Florida International University to be briefed by local law enforcement and university officials. pic.twitter.com/4RyoeELh9m
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) March 15, 2018
Several people died and others were injured after a new pedestrian bridge collapsed on cars near Florida International University (FIU) in Miami.
Thursday’s collapse, according to ABC News, crushed five or six vehicles. Police called doctors and nurses to the scene:
— Monique O. Madan (@MoniqueOMadan) March 15, 2018
According to CBS Miami, the bridge, located on 109th Ave., just went up on Saturday, weighed 950 tons. Construction was supposed to be completed in early 2019.
It provided pedestrians a pathway from FIU’s main campus to an off-campus area where thousands of students live, according to the Miami Herald.
On social media, footage emerged from the scene:
THE FIU BRIDGE COLLAPSED OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/JO7jfx5AoN
— Gabriela Collazo (@GabrielaRose12) March 15, 2018
BREAKING: A portion of a new pedestrian bridge has collapsed in Miami, “mass causalities” reported. NBC-affiliate WTVJ:
– Bridge is located near Florida International University
– Bridge was not yet open
– Several cars believed to be trapped beneath the bridge pic.twitter.com/ZgvBiqyG6R
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 15, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) March 15, 2018
Just days before the bridge collapsed, FIU reportedly posted footage of its construction. “First-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge “swings” into place. “FIU is about building bridges and student safety”:
First-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge “swings” into place. “FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” -President Mark B. Rosenberg. https://t.co/x8gPM9A4DG #worldsahead pic.twitter.com/mPEMeh2zmw
— FIU (@FIU) March 10, 2018
A company responsible for the bridge’s structural monitoring later deleted a tweet saying it was “thrilled” to work on the structure:
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 15, 2018
This is a breaking news story and will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.