Lots of people were killed when a newly-installed pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University, falling over a six-lane highway in the Miami area.
The 950-tonne bridge fell at the university’s main Miami-area campus, crushing cars underneath it. It is believed that section of the bridge was just installed on Sunday.
According to Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue, there were people were on the bridge and several cars were underneath it.
The walkway weighed 950 tons and was 174 feet long, according to FIU.
The bridge was scheduled to open early next year and was designed to withstand hurricane-force winds. The bridge was built across the seven-lane Tamiami Trail, connecting the FIU campus to the town of Sweetwater, where the university estimates some 4,000 students live.
Below are some eyewitness reports;
“We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge,” the university said in a statement. “At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information.”
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department said they were working to secure the structure while searching for victims.
“I was three seconds away from being under the bridge, but I looked forward. All of a sudden I saw the bridge collapse, and it started from the left side of the bridge and it really shocked me,” said Susie Bermudez.