Florida International University sent a public statement on March 10, hailing the bridge as protected and reporting that it had been “lifted from its impermanent backings, pivoted 90 degrees over an eight-path lane, and brought down into its stable situation.”
“FIU is tied in with building scaffolds and understudy wellbeing. This venture achieves our central goal wonderfully,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg said in the announcement.
“We are loaded proudly and fulfillment at seeing this designing accomplishment spring up and associate our grounds to the encompassing group where a large number of our understudies live.”
There are “a few fatalities” and “five to six vehicles smashed underneath” the extension, the Florida Highway Patrol advises to CNN.
MCM, one of the manufacturers on the scaffold remarking on the fall on Twitter.
“Our family’s thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. The new University City Bridge, which was under construction, experienced a catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life. MCM is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist. We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way.
Builders FIGG and Bolton Perez and Associates are not commenting at this time.
Witness describes panicked moments immediately after bridge collapsed
Lynell Collins, who drove past the bridge every now and again and saw it descend, revealed to CNN he is “quite shaken” subsequent to having protected individuals from their smashed autos.
“After the entire thing broke, I was going ballistic,” Collins told CNN. “I escaped my auto and me and a couple of other individuals were run over yonder. We began helping individuals whose autos were at any rate half pounded and whoever was effortlessly spared. In any case, we couldn’t generally go under any of the rubble on the grounds that at the time, the scaffold – the other portion of the extension is still sort of inclining upward right at this point.”
“That was additionally resembling that would slip and fall. Some person we helped said his family was inside and we couldn’t help get them out. I’m sad. Regardless i’m shaken right now,” he said.