Up to ten people have lost their lives after a brand new 'instant bridge' footpath was built over Miami's 8th Street, which runs from downtown Miami all the way to the Everglades. Cars were parked up waiting for lights to change when the mammoth 950 ton walkway crumbled, collapsing into a cloud of concrete dust and destroying the cars beneath. A motorist waiting in a row of traffic captured the horrific moment the bridge collapsed, as it's understood it was actually being stress tested at the time of the disaster. Ten people were said to be taken to hospital, with two in an 'extremely critical condition' and at least eight cars were trapped under the ruined bridge altogether, though it is not clear how many people were in those vehicles.
Rescuers have spent the night searching for victims trapped beneath the rubble of the structure using electric listening devices and sniffer dogs, but apparently called off the search early this morning after hopes faded of finding anyone else alive. The bridge was erected on Saturday in just six hours, using a new method called "accelerated bridge construction", designed to avoid traffic disruption. This meant that a major section of the bridge was assembled on the side of the road and then raised into place. It cost the Department of Transportation $14.2m and was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, so it isn't clear how or why it collapsed during the stress test. The search and rescue effort was a difficult one, and at one point the police ordered TV helicopters to leave the area so rescue teams could listen for any sounds of people calling for help under the wreckage.
A bridge in Miami, Florida has collapsed, trapping a number of vehicles beneath it - the bridge was only put in place on Saturday pic.twitter.com/VMQDoQbxUt— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 15, 2018
President Trump tweeted his support late last night, saying: "Continuing to monitor the heartbreaking bridge collapse at FIU - so tragic. Many brave First Responders rushed in to save lives. Thank you for your courage. Praying this evening for all who are affected." Florida Governor Rick Scott has also spoken to reports after attending the scene last night with a team of specialists from the National Transportation Safety Board: "There will clearly be an investigation to find out exactly what happened and why this happened. But the most important thing we can do right now is pray for the individuals that ended up in the hospital for their full recovery. Pray for the family members that have lost loved ones."