Update: In the first estimate of the number of casualties from Thursday's footbridge collapse on the campus of Florida International University, Reuters is reporting that between six and 10 people were killed during the collapse.
Eight vehicles were trapped in the wreckage of the 950-ton bridge and eight people have been transported to hospitals, officials told a news conference. Meanwhile, the search for more bodies continues.
Emergency personnel with sniffer dogs searched for signs of life amid the wreckage of concrete, twisted metal and that rained from the collapsed structure and crushed vehicles on one of the busiest roads in South Florida.
At one point, police asked television helicopters to leave the area so rescuers could listen for the sounds of people trapped under the bridge crying out for help.
At one point, police had requested television helicopters to leave the area so rescuers could hear for any sounds of people crying for help from beneath the collapsed structure, the Miami TV station said.
Students at FIU are on spring break this week, but one young woman told a local TV station about how she heard the bridge collapse, then helped pull a woman from the rubble.
"Her car, it was literally a miracle of God, her car got squished by the bridge from the back, so she was able to get out and she was on the floor and it was just very traumatic," the student said.
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NBC Miami is reporting that there are multiple fatalities after a pedestrian bridge collapsed near Florida International University.
Notably, the bridge was brand new - and had not opened yet.
The collapse happened less than a week after crews dropped the elevated span in place over the Tamiami Trail in an effort to provide students a safe route across the busy roadway.
FIU President Rosenberg celebrated the bridge's placement just this past weekend, saying that "FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully."
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. https://t.co/x8gPM9A4DG #worldsahead pic.twitter.com/mPEMeh2zmw— FIU (@FIU) March 10, 2018
At least two people could be seen taken to ambulances while others were being treated by rescue crews, while at least two cars could be seen pinned by massive slabs of concrete.
NBC 6's Andrea Cruz, who was near the school, reports that the bridge has completely collapsed.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue has treated a total of five patients so far, with one being transported as a trauma alert to Kendall Regional Hospital.
We suspect the infrastructure spending calls will grow once again.
More details to follow...