Four people have been killed on under construction pedestrian bridge which collapsed on a busy highway in Miami on Thursday.
The $11.4 million bridge was meant to connect the school to the city of Sweetwater. It is part of a $124 million expansion of the campus.” nbcnews report
it was built and designed by Munilla Construction Management in partnership with FIGG Bridge Engineers
Multiple vehicles were Trapped on 174-foot ‘instant bridge’ which was built to provide pedestrian access from Florida International University’s campus to an area that houses a number of student residences.Florida Highway Patrol said”.
Nine survivors were taken to hospitals, a fire department official said. Vehicles were stopped at a red light when the bridge, which weighed more than 950 tons collapsed.
Thursday evening, Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey said that at least four people were killed by the collapse. The deceased have not been identified. Rescue operations remained ongoing.
“We’re going to continue to search this pile until we are sure that there’s no other survivors.
Sen. Marco Rubio said,the cause of the collapse will be fully investigated. “The victims and their families deserve to know what went wrong. There will be an extraordinary review into what the errors were and what led to this catastrophic collapse,
“To see it on the ground and underneath it those who died and who were injured is a tragedy.”
The director of the Miami-Dade Police Department Juan Perez, said, number of families would face “a sad outcome” and that a homicide unit will investigate
Juan thank the first responders who assisted in the rescue efforts at the collapsed crossing bridge, Your efforts were valiant despite the final outcome.”
“We could only see eight vehicles from the exterior of the bridge,” Estopinan said, adding that he did not know how many total cars might be affected. “We are creating holes just so that we can physically see if there are others.”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Division Chief Paul Estopinan said.
Florida International University released a statement on Thursday, saying: ‘We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that President Donald Trump was aware of the bridge collapse and would provide government resources as needed. “