Bridge Collapses at Florida International University, People Trapped in 'Mass Casualty' Situation, Police Say

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UPDATE: 3:54 p.m. EST – Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Lt. Alejandro Camacho told Newsweek authorities were still working to determine the number of injuries and fatalities after Thursday's bridge collapse at Florida International University. Camacho said it was as of yet unclear "what lies beneath the walkway in the rubble."

There were still five to six vehicles trapped beneath, he said.

Photos from the scene showed cranes pulling the bridge up to access the people beneath.

Cranes are pulling the #fiubridge up to get bodies from underneath. @MiamiHerald

— Monique O. Madan (@MoniqueOMadan) March 15, 2018

UPDATE: 2:46 p.m. EST – Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Lt. Alejandro Camacho confirmed to Newsweek there were several fatalities following a bridge collapse at Florida International University.

"We have several fatalities, I just don't know how many yet," he said. "We don't have a count."

He also noted there were multiple cars trapped beneath.

"There are five to six vehicles that have been crushed underneath," he said.

Video from the scene showed doctors and nurses being ushered under police tape to attend to victims.

FIU issued a statement on Twitter about the bridge collapse.

"We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge," the school wrote. "At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information. We are working closely with authorities and first responders on the scene. We will share updates as we have them."

The university touted the bridge on its Twitter account March 10, calling it the "first-of-its-kind" and explaining that it "swings" into place.

It was unclear what caused the bridge to collapse.

"Our family's thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy," Munilla Construction said in a statement Thursday. "The new UniversityCity Bridge, which was under construction, experienced a catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life. MCM is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist. We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way."

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to investigate the accident.

Police calling doctors and nurses to the scene. @MiamiHerald

— Monique O. Madan (@MoniqueOMadan) March 15, 2018

Original story:

A pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday afternoon, reportedly trapping a number of people beneath it. Police said there were "mass casualties," Miami Herald reporter Monique O. Madan tweeted.

It was unclear how many people were trapped beneath the bridge, located at 108th Avenue and 8th Street.

A spokesperson for the Miami Dade Police Department told Newsweek multiple agencies were on scene and it was still being determined whether there were any fatalities.

The portion of the bridge, which connects the campus to the city of Sweetwater, was reportedly completed only recently. The section of the bridge that collapsed weighed 950 tons, according to WPLG-TV.

"My school finished putting up a bridge a few days ago and it literally just fell," one person wrote on Twitter. "My roommate and I heard it from our rooms and ran to the balcony."

Photos from the scene showed the large structure fully collapsed, with half of it completely on the ground. It appeared several cars were crushed beneath it.

FIU asked people to avoid the area between SW 117th Avenue and 107th Avenue due to police activity.

This is the scene at @FIU after bridge collapses. Police moving the media away “just in case the rest falls down.”

— Monique O. Madan (@MoniqueOMadan) March 15, 2018

just drove under the new FIU bridge before it collapsed on the road

— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@isaaacarrasco) March 15, 2018

BREAKING: FHP says several dead in FIU bridge collapse. Bridge was installed last Saturday. 950-ton section of the $14.2 million bridge is at SW 8th St & SW 109 Ave.

— Joe Kelley (@talkradiojoe) March 15, 2018