Multiple Deaths and Injuries After Florida University Bridge Collapses
Miami police have said there are several fatalities after a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University
(BBC) The 950-ton bridge was recently erected on Saturday, CBS Miami reports.
An unknown number of people in eight cars were still trapped beneath the bridge, which was built over a motorway, Miami officials said.
At least eight people have been taken to hospital to be treated for injuries, officials said at a news conference on Thursday.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt Alejandro Camacho earlier told the BBC that the number of fatalities was unclear. He earlier told CBS News there were several fatalities.
US Senator Bill Nelson told local media six to 10 people were killed in the collapse, but the exact figures have yet to be confirmed by law enforcement.
Images of the buckled structure at the college in Miami were shared across social media on Thursday afternoon.
THE FIU BRIDGE COLLAPSED OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/JO7jfx5AoN
— Gabriela Collazo (@GabrielaRose12) March 15, 2018
This Miami bridge collapse is horrific. These cars have been completely flattened with drivers inside. pic.twitter.com/mZLkGP3DxF
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 15, 2018
Prayers are needed right now. This is horrible.