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Emergency personnel respond to a collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in the Miami area. The brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway crushing several vehicles. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP)

Pedestrian bridge collapses kills 1, injures 8 in Miami

According to CNN, the bridge which was located at Florida International University collapsed during lunch time.

The injured people have been taken to the hospital for treatment, according to a spokesman of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Rescue officials have requested that helicopters around the area be withdrawn, so they can ascertain if there is anyone calling out for help.

Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department also said “The next few hours is going to be a rescue mission.”

Though it is not clear if some people are still trapped under the debris, reports say eight cars were found under the rubble.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue also put out a statement that it is working to find survivors and secure the bridge.

A student at the University of Miami, Isabella Carrasco, who narrowly survived the incident, said “We heard a loud bang behind us … and we looked back and the bridge had completely collapsed.”

“Doctors and medical students ran to the scene from a nearby building and started giving medical attention to victims,” she added.

The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott is expected to visit the be on the school’s campus to speak with local law enforcement and university officials, CNN reports.

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In February 2018, 17 people were killed when a 19-year-old, Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students at a High School in Parkland, Florida.

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