Several fatalities were reported after a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, leaving eight vehicles trapped under the sprawling wreckage.
The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to Fox News there were several fatalities after the structure, touted as an “Instant Bridge,” collapsed around 1:30 p.m. at the Miami-area university.
my school finished putting up a bridge a few days ago and it literally just fell. my roommate and i heard it from our rooms and ran to the balcony pic.twitter.com/JOtoLuC3Qs
— 🖤 (@Ialilulelo) March 15, 2018
Dr. Mark McKenney, of the Kendall Regional Medical Center in Tamiami, said during a news conference that the hospital has taken in 10 patients — two of them in “extremely critical” condition. One person arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest but survived, and a second has a serious brain injury.
— Raf Perez (@Rafters056) March 15, 2018
The other eight are in stable condition with “bruises and abrasions to broken bones.”
A search and rescue operation is underway; authorities are using dogs to search for anyone who may be trapped beneath the rubble.
The Sweetwater Police Department told Fox News, “We’re just trying to save lives.” Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez called the collapse a “national tragedy.”
“Continuing to monitor the heartbreaking bridge collapse at FIU – so tragic,” President Trump tweeted. “Many brave First Responders rushed in to save lives. Thank you for your courage. Praying this evening for all who are affected.”
Continuing to monitor the heartbreaking bridge collapse at FIU – so tragic. Many brave First Responders rushed in to save lives. Thank you for your courage. Praying this evening for all who are affected.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2018