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950-ton college campus bridge collapses in FL – 6 dead, several others injured

Multiple people have been injured after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida. (Screen Shot)
March 15, 2018

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m. EST: Four people were found dead at the scene, the fire chief said, and nine others were taken to local hospitals.

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m. EST: There are eight vehicles trapped under the collapsed footbridge, authorities said, and there are ongoing search-and-rescue missions.

A brand-new pedestrian bridge has collapsed at Florida International University in Miami, and vehicles and people are stuck underneath the rubble.

Officials and emergency personnel are at the scene. The pedestrian bridge was not yet open, but cars were underneath it.

Florida Highway Patrol said there were “several fatalities” but did not release an exact number.

The bridge was touted as the “first of its kind” – a pedestrian bridge that “swings” into place. The tweets about the bridge’s construction have seen been deleted, but they can be seen here:

People are injured, and there are some reports of fatalities, according to police.

Here is a video of the scene:

The bridge was just installed on Saturday. It reportedly cost $14.2 million – funds were provided as part of a Department of Transportation grant totaling $19.4 million.

FIU released a statement:

We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge. At this time we are still involved in the 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.