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4 confirmed dead in bridge fall, 9 to hospitals

The Miami-Dade County fire chief says four people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian bridge in South Florida.

Posted: Mar 15, 2018 8:39 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2018 8:41 PM

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami-Dade County fire chief says four people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian bridge in South Florida.


Fire Chief Dave Downey said at a news briefing Thursday evening that four deceased people had been found at the scene by first responders. He also says nine victims were removed "early on" and taken to hospitals. But he did not elaborate on their conditions.

He says "search and rescue mode" is continuing after nightfall.

Gov. Rick Scott also spoke to reporters, saying "everybody is working hard to make sure we rescue anyone who can be rescued." The Florida governor adds that an investigation will get to the bottom of "why this happened and what happened." He adds that if anyone had done anything wrong, "we will hold them accountable."

Trump calls bridge collapse 'heartbreaking'


MIAMI (AP) - President Donald Trump says on Twitter that he's monitoring the "heartbreaking bridge collapse" at Florida International University in the Miami area.

Trump is calling the bridge collapse "so tragic" and praising the bravery of first responders who "rushed in to save lives. Thank you for your courage." The president tweets that he is praying for "all who are affected."

Officials say multiple people have been killed and eight people have been taken to the hospital. The section of bridge spanning a busy road in South Florida had just been installed Saturday.

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