Several fatalities were reported after a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, leaving eight vehicles trapped underneath the sprawling wreckage.
Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to Fox News there were several fatalities after the structure, called the "Instant Bridge," collapsed just around 1:30 p.m. at the Miami-area university.
my school finished putting up a bridge a few days ago and it literally just fell. my roommate and i heard it from our rooms and ran to the balcony12:55 PM - Mar 15, 2018
Officials said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that eight victims were transported to nearby hospitals, but further details were not immediately clear.
A search and rescue operations are under way in the area, and authorities are using dogs to search for anyone who may be trapped underneath the rubble.
Miami police were told Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had recovered six people with injuries, Fox News confirmed. (WSVN)
Sweetwater Police Department told Fox News: "We're just trying to save lives." Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez called the incident a "national tragedy."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted he's on his way to the university "to be briefed by local law enforcement and university officials," and said he'll "will be in constant communication with law enforcement throughout the day."
I’m on my way to Florida International University to be briefed by local law enforcement and university officials.2:06 PM - Mar 15, 2018
I have spoken with Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez about the pedestrian bridge collapse at FIU. I will be in constant communication with law enforcement throughout the day.1:42 PM - Mar 15, 2018
A video showed several people being loaded into ambulances. Several doctors and nurses were also called to the scene to assist those injured.
The bridge, projected to be finished in early 2019, was set to link the university’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus to the town of Sweetwater, where an estimated 4,000 students live, the Miami Herald reported. The bridge, a $14.2 million project, was installed on Saturday, with many celebrating the new construction.
First-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge “swings” into place. “FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” -President Mark B. Rosenberg. http://bit.ly/2IihmUm #worldsahead12:49 PM - Mar 10, 2018
The university called it a “one-of its-kind pedestrian bridge” that “swings” into place.
“FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” President Mark B. Rosenberg said, according to a tweet by FIU.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that he was on his way to the site of the bridge collapse, labeling the incident a "horrifying tragedy."
Just spoke to @SecElaineChao On my way to @fiu where I have been an adjunct professor for 10 years. SW 8th street, the road under the collapsed bridge is heavily used by so many people in #Miami This is such a horrifying tragedy2:36 PM - Mar 15, 2018
Sen. Bill Nelson, who also represents Florida, said his "heart goes out to the victims and the families affected by this tragic bridge collapse @FIU."
My heart goes out to the victims and the families affected by this tragic bridge collapse at @FIU.2:49 PM - Mar 15, 2018
Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart tweeted: “Shocked and distraught by the horrific SW 8 Street bridge collapse. Praying for the victims, and for our first responders who are searching for survivors.”
Shocked and distraught by the horrific SW 8 Street bridge collapse. Praying for the victims, and for our first responders who are searching for survivors.1:29 PM - Mar 15, 2018
Munilla Construction, the company that built the bridge, tweeted earlier Thursday that "the local community gathered" on Saturday to watch the bridge move into place. In a follow-up tweet, the company called the bridge collapse a "terrible tragedy" and said the family business is "devastated and doing everything we can to assist."
The construction company added it will cooperating with investigators "in every way."
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a team to investigate the collapse.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Fox News' Shira Bush contributed to this report.
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