FIU bridge collapses; fatalities reported, Florida officials say

Many fatalities were reported after a recently installed pedestrian bridge at Fl International University collapsed Thursday, leaving behind eight vehicles trapped under the massive wreckage.

The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to Fox News there were a number of fatalities after the structure, touted being an “Instant Bridge, ” collapsed about 1: 30 p. m. on the Miami-area university.

Dr . Mark McKenney, of the Kendall Regional Medical Center within Tamiami, said during a news meeting that the hospital has taken in ten patients  — two of them within “extremely critical” condition. One person attained the hospital in cardiac arrest yet survived, and a second has a serious mind injury.

The other eight are in steady condition with “bruises and usure to broken bones. ”

A search plus rescue operation is underway; professionals are using dogs to search for anyone who might be trapped beneath the rubble.

Miami police had been told Miami-Dade Fire Rescue acquired recovered six people with injuries, Sibel News confirmed.   (WSVN)

The Sweetwater Law enforcement Department told Fox News, “We’re just trying to save lives. inch Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez the collapse a “national tragedy. inch

“Continuing to monitor the heartbreaking bridge fall at FIU – so heartbreaking, ” President Trump tweeted . “Many brave First Responders rushed into save lives. Thank you for your bravery. Praying this evening for all who are impacted. ”

Vice President Mike Pence mentioned he was “saddened by the news, inch adding that he plus Trump will “continue to monitor advancements closely. ”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott messaged he was en route to the university or college “to be briefed by nearby law enforcement and university officials, inch and said he would be “in constant communication with law enforcement during the day. ”

Plus Florida Sen. Bill Nelson messaged that his “heart goes out towards the victims and the families affected by this particular tragic bridge collapse @FIU. inch

The particular bridge, projected to be finished at the begining of 2019, was set to link the particular university’ s Modesto A. Maidique Campus to the town of Sweetwater, where an estimated 4, 000 learners live, The Miami Herald reported . A $14. 2 million task, the structure was installed on Sunday, with many celebrating the new construction.  

The particular university called it a “ one-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge” that “ swings” into place.

“ FIU is all about building bridges and student basic safety. This project accomplishes our objective beautifully, ” President Mark W. Rosenberg said, according to a twitter update by FIU.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, in a press release requesting the particular U. S. Department of Transport (DOT) address the “bridge’s style, construction, and ultimate failure, inch stated the bridge was attached to Saturday in just six hours.

DOT said  in a declaration   that Transportation Admin Elaine Chao has been in contact with congressional officials and has “offered the full help and support of the department for the immediate and long-term needs the city will have. ”

The National Transportation Basic safety Board (NTSB) is sending the team to investigate the collapse.

Munilla Building, the company that built the link, messaged earlier Thursday that will “the local community gathered” on Sunday to watch the crossing move into location. In a followup tweet, the company the bridge collapse a “terrible tragedy” and said the family business has been “devastated and doing everything we are able to to assist. ”

The particular construction company added it would be cooperating along with investigators “in every way. inch

FIGG Engineering, the company that designed the particular bridge, said that in their “40-year background, nothing like this has ever happened just before. ” FIGG added the company might “fully  cooperate with every suitable authority in reviewing what happened plus why. ”

Construction workers at the scene  told WPLG that the bridge has been undergoing a “stress test” in order to collapsed, but officials have not verified that detail.

Fox News’ Shira Bush, Chad Pergram plus Matt Richardson, along with The Associated Push, contributed to this report.

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