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Four dead in Miami bridge collapse onto queuing traffic at lights

Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Four people crushed to death after brand new bridge collapses at traffic lights
Four people were confirmed dead after their bodies were pulled from the rubble in South Florida (Picture: AP)

Four people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge in south Florida where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall, officials said.

Fire Chief Dave Downey said at an evening news briefing that four deceased people were found amid the chaotic scene of concrete rubble and crumpled vehicles.

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He said nine victims were removed ‘early on’ and taken to hospitals but did not elaborate on their conditions. He said the ‘search and rescue mode’ – deploying trained canines, search cameras and sensitive listening devices – was continuing into the night.

Governor Rick Scott also spoke to reporters, saying ‘everybody is working hard to make sure we rescue anyone who can be rescued’.

The Florida governor added that an exhaustive investigation now beginning will get to the bottom of ‘why this happened and what happened’ and vowed that anyone who did anything wrong would be held accountable.

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A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighter takes pictures after a brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed in front of Florida International University, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Miami. Florida officials said Thursday that several people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighter takes pictures after the brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed (Picture: AP)
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel work after a brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed in front of Florida International University, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Miami. Florida officials said Thursday that several people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Nine people were removed earlier on and taken to hospital (Picture: AP)

Miami-Dade police director Juan Perez praised the actions of first responders during a news conference but acknowledged the likelihood of finding more victims under the rubble was growing more difficult with the passage of time.

‘We know that there’s going to be a negative outcome at the end of the day,’ Mr Perez said.

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The bridge was under construction and collapsed on to a busy Miami highway on Thursday, crushing at least eight vehicles under massive slabs of concrete and steel. One side of the bridge led to Florida International University (FIU), a school west of the city’s downtown.

Search-and-rescue crews drilled holes into the debris and used their highly trained dogs to look for survivors. They had to work carefully because part of the structure was still unsafe. At least 10 people were taken to hospitals. The number of fatalities was not immediately known.

The 950-ton bridge had been assembled by the side of the highway and moved into place on Saturday to great fanfare. The span stretched almost 200ft to connect Florida International University with the city of Sweetwater. It was expected to open to foot traffic next year.

A brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed in front of Florida International University, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Miami. Florida officials said Thursday that several people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Sniffer dogs, search cameras and sensitive listening devices were deployed in the search for survivors (Picture: AP)
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters work on a brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge that collapsed in front of Florida International University, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Miami. Florida officials said Thursday that several people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
An investigation is now underway to find out how the bridge collapsed (Picture: AP)

‘This bridge was about goodness, not sadness,’ said FIU president Mark Rosenberg. ‘Now we’re feeling immense sadness, uncontrollable sadness. And our hearts go out to all those affected, their friends and their families. We’re committed to assist in all efforts necessary, and our hope is that this sadness can galvanise the entire community to stay the course, a course of goodness, of hope, of opportunity.’

Jacob Miller, a senior at FIU, was visiting a friend in a dorm when he heard sirens and horns honking. He went to a balcony and could see rubble coming down.

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‘I saw there were multiple cars crushed under the bridge. It was just terrible. I saw some people stopping their cars, trying to get out, trying to assess the situation to see if there is anything they could do to help,’ he said.

National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt III said a team of specialists was heading to Miami on Thursday night with plans to begin its investigation on Friday morning.

Miami-Dade Police director Juan Perez said his department’s homicide team would take over the investigation after rescue efforts are complete.

A section of a new pedestrian bridge that collapsed onto a highway at a Miami-area college is shown, Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
A section of a new pedestrian bridge that appeared to snap in half in the collapse onto the highway (Picture: AP)
A brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed in front of Florida International University, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Miami. Florida officials said Thursday that several people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Governor Rick Scott also spoke to reporters, saying ‘everybody is working hard to make sure we rescue anyone who can be rescued’ (Picture: AP)
Miam-Dade Fire Rescue personnel work after a brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed in front of Florida International University, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Miami. Florida officials said Thursday that several people have been found dead in the rubble of the collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
The Florida governor added that an exhaustive investigation now beginning will get to the bottom of ‘why this happened and what happened’ (Picture: AP)

Munilla Construction Management (MCM), the Miami-based construction management firm that won the bridge contract, had a news release on its website touting the project with FIGG Bridge Engineers, a Tallahassee firm.

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It said initial reports that it had taken its website down were incorrect and that the site had become temporarily unavailable due to increased web traffic. ‘It has since been restored,’ the company said in a statement.

MCM said on Twitter that it was ‘a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist. We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way.’

FIGG said in a statement, ‘In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before.’

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighter looks into a heavily-damaged pickup truck after a brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed in front of Florida International University, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Miami. Florida officials said Thursday that several people have been found dead in the rubble of the collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Miami-Dade police director Juan Perez praised the actions of first responders during a news conference (Picture: AP)
Emergency personnel responds to a collapsed pedestrian bridge connecting Florida International University Florida International on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the Miami area. The brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway crushing at least five vehicles. Several people were seen being loaded into ambulances and authorities said they were searching for people. (Roberto Koltun/The Miami Herald via AP)
Several people were killed after the bridge collapsed on Thursday afternoon (Picture: Miami Herald)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 15: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department personel and other rescue units work at the scene where a pedestrian bridge collapsed a few days after it was built over southwest 8th street allowing people to bypass the busy street to reach Florida International University on March 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that there are an unknown number of fatalities as a result of the collapse, which crushed at least five cars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Dramatic pictures show the collapsed bridge with a number of cars underneath it.(Picture: Getty)

Florida International University is the second largest university in the state, with 55,000 students, most of whom live off-campus. The bridge was supposed to be a safe way to cross a busy highway.

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A university student was killed in August while crossing the road that the bridge was supposed to span.

The president of Florida International University has paid his condolences on Twitter, saying the bridge collapse in which four people died ‘stuns us, it saddens us’.

‘It’s exactly the opposite of what we had intended and we want to express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of those who have been affected,’ Mark Rosenberg said in the post on the university’s profile.

Four people crushed to death after brand new bridge collapses at traffic lights
The bridge, located at 109th Ave and 8th Street, collapsed on a number of cars around 5.30pm (GMT). (Picture: Six)
A pedestrian bridge has collapsed at Florida International University in Miami, FL. Source is @wsvn. #CNN
At least eight people were taken away from the scene and eight vehicles were trapped in the bridge wreckage (Picture: @wsvn)
epa06606812 Emergency personnel works on a collapsed pedestrian bridge on the Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA on 15 March 2018. A recently installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University west of Miami collapsed, crushing several cars on a state highway and injuring multiple people, according to police. EPA/GIORGIO VIERA
Emergency personnel work on the collapsed pedestrian bridge (Picture: EPA)
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in the Miami area. The brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway crushing multiple vehicles and killing several people. (WTVJ NBC6 via AP)
(Picture: AP)

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