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Florida pedestrian bridge collapses, trapping people and cars: what we know

FIU Bridge Collapse: Several Dead, Cars Trapped Underneath

The FIGG Bridge Group is building the new Cline Avenue Bridge, which will replace one that was condemned and closed in 2009.

The deadliest such incident this century was in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2007, when an eight-lane bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people.

Figg's statement Thursday said the company was "stunned" by the collapse and would co-operate with investigations. Several people were seen being loaded into ambulances and authorities said they were searching for people. Firefighters were on the scene and medics were treating injured people. After that tragedy, FIGG was selected to design the replacement bridge that's now in use.

A Florida International University student is among the at least 6 people who died in the bridge collapse, officials confirmed Friday.

"The most important thing we can do right now is pray for the individuals who ended up in the hospital, for their full recovery, and pray for the family members who lost loved ones", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday night.

It also authorized the university to use the aerial space above the state road to build a structure-a structure it said "FIU and its contractors are exclusively responsible to inspect and maintain at the university's sole expense". No identities of those killed have been released.

"We intend to cooperate in every way we can to assist local, state and National Transportation Safety Board investigators in determining the cause of this bad incident and to help prevent any future tragedies of this kind".

"I looked up, and in an instant, the bridge was collapsing on us completely".

View of the main span of the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge after it collapsed

The main companies behind the $14.2 million construction project have faced questions about their past work, and one was fined in 2012 when a 90-ton (80-metric ton) section of a bridge collapsed in Virginia.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are assisting authorities with the ongoing investigation. Reports indicate that there are six fatalities as a result of the collapse. According to Sen. Marco Rubio, the engineering firm involved ordered the tightening of cables that had become loosened. With at least eight vehicles buried and out of reach beneath the rubble, the death toll could rise, Juan Perez, the Miami-Dade Police Department director, said on Friday. "We understand that one of the victims was a student ... it's up to the Medical Examiner's to release the names".

If you have any information on the bridge collapse that can help investigators, call police at 305-471-2421 or 305-471-2400.

The brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway crushing at least five vehicles.

The walkway, which connects Florida International University to a student housing area, went up less than a week ago but was not yet operational.

Aerial footage at the site showed a trained dog running atop fallen concrete and sniffing in the crevices for any victims.

Florida officials said today that four 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.

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