Multiple people were killed and several vehicles were crushed Thursday when a newly installed pedestrian bridge that spans several lanes of traffic at Florida International University collapsed.
According to reports, the collapse occurred just before 2 pm Thursday. At least eight vehicles were crushed beneath the rubble as the 950 ton structure came down.
The bridge connected the university with the city of Sweetwater and stretched 174 feet over an eight lane highway. The bridge was just installed on Saturday over a period of about six hours.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez revealed that at least six people were injured. Police and rescue workers are working at the scene, and police have requested television helicopters leave the area as rescue teams listen for people crying for help.
Several people are reported to have been killed in the bridge collapse. The cause of the collapse is currently unknown.
Students of FIU are currently on their spring break vacation.
The bridge was meant to create a safe route for students over southwest Eighth Street, one of the busiest roads in South Florida. The road was the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident in August when an 18-year-old FIU student was struck and killed trying to cross near the university.
The bridge was installed by Munilla Construction Management, a company founded in 1983 and owned by five brothers. The company operates in Florida and has divisions in Texas and Panama. It currently employs about 500 people.
The national Transpiration Safety Board is expected to investigate the bridge collapse.