Pedestrian bridge collapses at Florida International University

"We still have not received any news or updates about Brandon Brownfield or the progress of the search (and) rescue". One person died at a hospital, and Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade police, said five bodies were located with the help of cameras but not yet retrieved from vehicles crushed under the enormous slab.

Florida Department of Transportation Communications Director Dick Kane explained in a statement Friday that FDOT is "offering its expertise and all necessary resources to local and federal partners to respond to the bridge collapse and as soon as possible will release all state records related to the project". Aref said. "That's a question for them to answer".

A family reunification center has been set up at FIU's campus in the Student Academic Success Center (SASC), Room 100.

The cars were reportedly stopped at a red light when the pedestrian bridge collapsed.

Scott said an exhaustive investigation will uncover "why this happened and what happened", and he vowed to hold accountable those responsible. Marco Rubio joined other authorities at the scene.

"It is exactly the opposite of what we had intended and we want to express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of those who have been affected", FIU President Mark Rosenberg said in a video.

This is after they were convinced that there were no more signs of life under the rubble of the Florida bridge, which collapsed Thursday. We are working closely with authorities and first responders on the scene.

"The way the bridge fell, it fell on the driver's side", said her friend, Manny Perez. "We're trying to navigate through some hard times".

Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology was used in the construction, according to the university.

Officials had praised the quick completion of the bridge, which reportedly finished weeks ahead of schedule. The bridge cost $14.2 million dollars and was part of $19.4 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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

FIGG said in a statement, "In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before".

WSVN-7 News pointed out the collapsed bridge from a high angle as well.

On Friday afternoon, crews started the risky job of demolition as investigators began their work, which includes looking into reports a stress-test was being done when the walkway collapsed.

People are still desperately trying to confirm whether their relatives were among those injured or killed in the Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapse a day after the incident took place.

Emergency personnel worked at the scene of a collapsed bridge in the Miami area, today. "MCM is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist".

Footage from TV networks showed firefighters and other rescue workers rushing to recover victims.

  • Rogelio Becker