Several Dead, Others Injured After Pedestrian Bridge Collapse in Miami

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:

In a statement, the Department of Transportation said Secretary Elaine Chao contacted Florida officials:

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:

Original Story:

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:

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:

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”:

A company responsible for the bridge’s structural monitoring later deleted a tweet saying it was “thrilled” to work on the structure:

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

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