6 killed in pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami

The pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami was designed as a suspension bridge, but the central tower typical of such a structure wasn't in place when the main span was lifted into place Saturday. Witnesses told the local media that when the bridge collapsed, the vehicles had stopped at traffic lights at the time.

CGTN's Nitza Soledad Perez was at the scene shortly after the bridge collapse Thursday.

Meanwhile, teams of rescue workers and engineers with heavy lifting equipment began the slow and unsafe task of lifting the unstable remains of the 950-ton concrete structure from vehicles that were crushed when the bridge came down early on Thursday afternoon.

First responders had been racing to find survivors in the rubble of the 175-foot span using high-tech listening devices, trained sniffing dogs and search cameras before turning the scene over to police.

Florida law limits the liability of government agencies to $200,000, or up to $300,000 if the case involves multiple agencies. He said that if anyone did anything wrong "we will hold them accountable".

"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.

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

The excavation process during the recovery effort is expected to proceed more slowly and with the highest caution to avoid further collapse. At least 10 people were taken to hospitals.

The number of fatalities are unknown.

The bridge was being built to connect the school's campus to an adjoining neighborhood in Sweetwater, where numerous students live.

Mr. Rosenberg emphasized several times that the school had been trying to do "the right thing" in building the bridge to provide access. "Now we're feeling vast sadness, uncontrollable sadness".

Our hearts go out to the individuals and families that have been affected by this incident.

Jacob Miller, a senior at FIU, was visiting a friend in a dorm when he heard sirens and horns honking.

One part of the bridge, which spanned 174 feet, came down on the driver's side of a vehicle, killing the female driver but not the passenger, said Jenna Mendez, a sergeant with the Sweetwater Police Department. It was just awful.

National Transportation Safety Board officials were on the scene on Friday to investigate. Carlie Waibel, a spokeswoman for Sen. "It looks like it just came down", the official told DeFede.

MCM, the company that built the bridge offsite and transported it to FIU, said it's cooperating with federal investigators.

"It's something I never thought would happen to my family or to me. We had one that had laceration to his head that was unconscious, and we had two that were in major shock". He started performing CPR on him. "It seems it could be him, but (we're) not sure". According to CNN, at least nine people were removed from the collapse and rushed to Kendall Regional Medical Center. "It's 100 percent carelessness", said personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger.

Accelerated construction is a well-regarded method of erecting bridges that avoids the long months of street closings when a structure is built over a road or river.

Reportedly, a certain portion of the bridge was still under construction.

In a statement Thursday night, FDOT said it played a limited role. "That could have easily been me and my boyfriend under that bridge had we not turned right and made a decision to stay at the light and gone a different direction".

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

And in 2012, WAVY reported that a piece of concrete fell from the Jordan Bridge onto the railroad tracks below, hurting 4 people. The citation from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry said FIGG did not properly inspect a girder and had not obtained written consent from its manufacturer before modifying it, according to a story in The Virginian-Pilot.

MCM Construction, meanwhile, in a lawsuit filed earlier this month, was accused of hiring "incompetent, inexperienced, unskilled or careless employees". At least eight cars are crushed under the bridge, and it is believed people were working on top when it collapsed.

The suit accused the company of employing "incompetent, inexperienced, unskilled or careless employees" at the job site.

Florida International University (FIU) is a metropolitan public research university in Greater Miami, Florida.

The bridge was meant to provide a walkway over the busy street, where an 18-year-old female FIU student from San Diego was killed as she attempted to cross in August, according to local media reports.