At least four people were killed when a pedestrian bridge collapsed Thursday over a busy road west of Miami.
VIDEO: Florida International University bridge collapses. View from student dorms. pic.twitter.com/4wuD89IPhj
— Ana Demendoza (@AnaDemendoza_) March 15, 2018
The bridge, which weighed more than 950 tons toppled over an eight-lane highway on Thursday afternoon, crushing at least eight vehicles, according to police.
On Thursday night Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey confirmed at least four people were killed during the incident that came crashing down about 1:30 p.m.
“This is going to be a long incident. We are going to have rescuers here through the night, if not longer,” Chief Downey said.
#MDPD is on the scene of a bridge collapse near @FIU. Please avoid the area of Tamiami Trail and SW 107 Avenue until further notice. More information to follow. @MiamiDadeFire @FIUPOLICE @FLHSMV pic.twitter.com/zG7WS6WuqC
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) March 15, 2018
A witness told ABC News that the screams coming from the cars were “terrifying”.
“As soon as I looked outside, I saw dust flying everywhere,” Tiona Page said. “I knew the bridge had collapsed.”
Florida Governor Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio were at the scene on Thursday night, along with a team of specialists from the National Transportation Safety Board.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to thank all the First Responders.
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
“Just last week we were celebrating the expanse being completed and now we are here dealing with a tragedy,” Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez said.