A pedestrian bridge has collapsed at Florida International University in Miami.
Five to six vehicles have been trapped under the bridge, with multiple fatalities and injuries reported. The walkway weighed 950 tons, and spanned across a seven-lane highway. The highway, Tamiami Trail, connected the FIU campus to the town of Sweetwater, where students live.
The bridge was just installed on Saturday, and was made to withstand hurricane-force winds, and cost $14.2 million to build. The bridge was still closed, and not open to the public, at the time of the collapse. FIU is currently on spring break, which reduced the number of pedestrians in the area.
In a statement, the university said it was “shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge. At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information,” the statement continued. “We are working closely with authorities and first responders on the scene.”
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to investigate the bridge collapse.