US Lawmakers Respond After Multiple People Die in Pedestrian Bridge Collapse

March 15, 2018Mar 15, 2018

On Thursday, a pedestrian walkway in Miami collapsed on Thursday, killing and injuring several people. 

Reports have confirmed that several vehicles were crushed by the span near Florida International University's campus. Ironically, the bridge was built in part for the purpose of withstanding hurricane-force winds. The collapse of this bridge, which was expected to be safe, has brought shock to the community. 

Watch people's dramatic reactions moments after the bridge collapsed:

According to NBC News, the university has issued a statement expressing shock about what has happened. 

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge," the university said in a statement. “At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information."

Lawmakers are also responding to hearing news of this tragic incident. 

Governor Rick Scott, for instance, has claimed that he has spoken to Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez. The two apparently spoke about the bridge collapse and are remaining in constant communication with law enforcement about the situation.

NBC News reports that Marco Rubio has called the situation "terrible news." 

"Terrible news coming from Miami as a pedestrian bridge has collapsed at FIU and multiple deaths are reported," he said. "We will pray for the victims and the entire Panther community."

President Trump is reportedly being briefed about the pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami and will offer all resources needed to help the suffering community. 

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