At least one person died and six others were transported to the hospital after a pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University in Miami, according to Miami-Dade’s Mayor Carlos Gimenez
According to the details a newly installed pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, killing at least one person and crushing vehicles caught in the rain of rubble in Miami-Dade County, officials said.
Whereas, Alejandro Camacho, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol said, “Several people were killed. I just don’t know how many.”
There were at least five to six vehicles crushed underneath the pedestrian crosswalk, he added.
At least six injured people were taken away from the scene and eight vehicles were trapped in the bride wreckage, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.
Police had requested television helicopters to leave the area so rescuers could hear for any sounds of people crying for help from beneath the collapsed structure.
Munilla Construction Management, which installed the bridge, in a statement on Twitter, said the bridge suffered a “catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life.”
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump is aware of the collapse. “Our brave first responders are working feverishly to save lives,” she said at a news briefing.