Several dead in bridge collapse at Florida International University

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Last Updated March: 15, 2018 3:03 PM

SWEETWATER, Fla.– A newly set up pedestrian bridge that connects Florida International University (FIU) with the city of Sweetwater west of Miami has collapsed. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro Camacho informs CBS News there are “numerous fatalities” resulting from the collapse, which squashed at least 5 cars and trucks. He stated the bridge was still under construction and not open to pedestrians.

A minimum of three clients were transferred to the hospital, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Aerial video from CBS Miami shows automobiles stuck beneath the 950-ton bridge. First responders were seen putting one victim in an ambulance.

” Me and my boyfriend had actually just driven under the bridge,” witness Isabella Carrasco informed CBSN. “We in fact discussed how brand-new it was … We had actually heard a loud bang. In the beginning, we thought we had actually struck something, when we browsed, we realized the bridge had collapsed on numerous cars. I didn’t see any pedestrians strolling on the bridge. When we looked around we saw that it was much, much even worse.”

” So numerous individuals go through this specific intersection every day, so it’s really terrifying,” Carrasco added.

Carrasco informed CBSN she witnessed one construction employee sustain injuries. She states authorities pulled him to the side of the roadway and later on carried him to a medical facility by ambulance. She likewise saw paramedics performing CPR on another individual at the scene.

Students attending in classes at FIU are presently on spring break, which likely minimized the number of pedestrians in the area.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders stated President Trump understood the situation. Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he has been in touch with local cops and is monitoring the action.

In a statement, FIU said it was “shocked and saddened about the terrible occasions” at the bridge. The university says it is concentrated on rescue efforts and is “working carefully” with very first responders.

” Right now, the most important thing is to try and conserve these individuals who are hopefully still alive,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart told CBS Miami. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the first responders who continuously risk their lives.”

2 employees were replacing something on the side of the bridge when it collapsed, according to CBS Miami.

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The bridge was built using an innovative approach called accelerated bridge construction (ABC), meant to decrease potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians and prevented traffic tie-ups in the location.

Construction of the bridge, which cost $14.2 million, was anticipated to complete in early 2019.