FIU Bridge Collapse: Several Dead, Cars Trapped Underneath

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Instead, it collapsed Thursday, months before it was to open, crushing cars on the street and leaving investigators with the hard task of trying to figure out why it happened and who might be held responsible.

Witnesses told the local media that when the bridge collapsed, the vehicles had stopped at traffic lights at the time.

The bridge was built to help people safely travel over the road that divided the campus and a cluster of off-campus housing, an infrastructure solution sought by students and faculty at the university, the Miami Herald reported.

The University estimated some 4,000 students reside in the nearby city.

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 hard with the passage of time.

Recovery efforts began Thursday and continued on Friday, though Miami-Dade authorities don't expect to find additional survivors.

Detectives declared the rubble a homicide scene, and the National Transportation Safety Board arrived to investigate.

Miami-Dade Police Department chaplains pray as they stand next to a collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, US, March 16, 2018.

The main priority, Perez said Friday, was to get to the bodies police believe are trapped under collapsed concrete.

The bridge was built by FIGG and Miami-based MCM Construction Management. Our bridges are self-supported as soon as the structure is put into place.

Figg's statement Thursday said the company was "stunned" by the collapse and would co-operate with investigations. Reports indicate that there are six fatalities as a result of the collapse. Authorities said two construction workers were on the bridge when it collapsed.

While families waited for word on their loved ones, investigators sought to understand why the 950-ton bridge gave way during construction.

Mark Rosenberg, the president of the university, said tests were being done on Thursday.

Figg, the company behind major bridge construction projects including the Sunshine Skyway over Tampa Bay, was fined by the Virginia labor department after the collapse of a section of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge on to railway tracks in 2012, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, including those members of our own Bolton Perez & Associates family who were injured yesterday", it said.

Bush said overall, ABC is a positive thing states can do to deliver bridges. The suit said a worker at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, where the company is working on an expansion, was injured when a makeshift MCM-built bridge collapsed under his weight.

"We are filled with pride and satisfaction at seeing this engineering feat come to life and connect our campus to the surrounding community where thousands of our students live", he added.