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BREAKING: Five-Day-Old Pedestrian Bridge Collapses On Florida Campus, Fatalities Reported [VIDEO]

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

A pedestrian bridge located on Florida International University’s campus collapsed Thursday afternoon leaving at least one dead and multiple injured.

The pedestrian bridge in Miami was reportedly installed Saturday, five days before Thursday’s collapse. The college said the bridge was built to lower the risk for workers, walkers, drivers and would lead to a decrease of traffic in the area, The Miami Herald reported.

At least eight cars remain crushed underneath the bridge, as first responders are trying to clear debris to rescue anyone possibly stuck underneath.

The bridge was 174-foot and weighed 950-tons. It was installed “in a few hours” using “accelerated bridge construction” methods, the university said. 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, FIU News reported.

WATCH:

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said in a tweet Thursday that the cables on the bridge had loosened when the 950-ton, 175-foot-long structure collapsed.

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott sent out a tweet saying that he was aware of the incident and that he would be in “constant communication with law enforcement throughout the day.” Minutes, later Scott announced he was headed to FIU.

The pedestrian bridge had not yet been opened to the public when it collapsed.

UPDATE: 

Six people are dead and 10 others remain hospitalized after bodies were pulled out and taken to the hospital.

(This post and will be updated as more information becomes available.)

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