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Sen. Bill Nelson: 6-10 deaths of FOREIGN bridge collapse

After a pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University, Florida Senator Bill Nelson tells what he hears from the government.

Four people were confirmed dead after a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University Thursday collapsed, leaving eight vehicles are trapped under the big wreck.

Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey told reporters at a press conference that four people were killed after the structure, touted as an “Instant Bridge”, collapsed around 1:30 a.m. in the Miami-area university.

my school is finished with the hanging of a bridge a few days ago and it literally fell. my roommate and I heard it from our rooms and walked out to the balcony pic.twitter.com/JOtoLuC3Qs

— ? (@Ialilulelo) March 15, 2018

Dr. Mark McKenney, of the Kendall Regional Medical Center in Tamiami, said during a press conference that the hospital had taken in 10 patients — two of them in “very critical” condition. A person arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest, but survived, and a second is a serious brain injury.

#BREAKINGNEWS pedestrian bridge in FIE Collapsed. Stay away from the area as First Responders try to help the victims caught.@nbc6 is the following. pic.twitter.com/WoF4FfbY2I

— Raf Perez (@Rafters056) March 15, 2018

The other eight are in stable condition with “bruises and abrasions to broken bones.”

A search and rescue operation is in progress; the authorities with dogs to search for anyone who may be trapped under the rubble.

The Miami police were told Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was repaired, six people with injuries, Fox News confirmed.

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The Sweetwater Police told Fox News, “We are just trying to save lives.” Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez, called the collapse a “national tragedy.”

“Continuing to monitor the heartbreaking bridge collapse at FIU – so tragic”, said President Trump tweeted. “Many brave Emergency services rushed in to save lives. Thank you for your courage. Praying this evening for all involved.”

Will continue to monitor the heartbreaking bridge collapse at FIU – so tragic. Many brave Emergency services rushed in to save lives. Thank you for your courage. Praying this evening for all involved.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2018

Vice-President, Pence said he was “saddened by the news,” adding that he and the Trumpet will “continue to monitor the developments closely.”

Saddened by the news of the bridge collapse @FIU. Our prayers are w/ the victims and their loved ones. @SecElaineChao has been in contact w/ elected officials & @NTSB is sending a team to investigate. @POTUS, and I will continue to monitor the developments closely. https://t.co/mtdQ5hGeKU

— Vice-President Mike Pence (@VP) March 15, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted he was on the way to the university, “to be informed by the local police and the university officials,” and said that he would be “in constant communication with the enforcement of the law during the day.”

I’m on my way to Florida International University to be informed by the local police and university officials. pic.twitter.com/4RyoeELh9m

— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) March 15, 2018

I have spoken with Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez about the bridge collapse at the FIU. I will be in constant communication with the enforcement of the law during the day.

— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) March 15, 2018

And Florida Sen. Bill Nelson tweeted that his “heart goes out to the victims and the families affected by this tragic bridge collapse @FIU.”

My heart goes out to the victims and the families affected by this tragic bridge collapse @FIU.

— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) On March 15, 2018

The bridge, which is expected to be completed in the beginning of 2019, was the link to the university’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus to the city of Sweetwater, where an estimated 4000 students attend, The Miami Herald reported. A $14.2 million project, the structure was installed on Saturday, with many celebrating the new construction.

The university called it a “one-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge that” swings” into place.

“FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” President Mark B. Rosenberg said, according to a tweet by FIU.

First-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge “swings” into place. “FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” President Mark B. Rosenberg. https://t.co/x8gPM9A4DG #worldsahead pic.twitter.com/mPEMeh2zmw

— FIU (@FIU) March 10, 2018

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, in a press release, the request of the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) address of the “bridge of the design, construction and ultimate failure,” stated the bridge was installed on Saturday in just six hours.

DOT said in a statement that Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has been in contact with congress officials and has offered the full cooperation and support of the department in both the short and long-term needs of the community will have.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a team to investigate the collapse.

Munilla Construction, the company that built the bridge, tweeted earlier Thursday that “the local community together” on Saturday, look for the junction to move in place. In a follow-up tweet, the company called the bridge collapse a “terrible tragedy” and said that the family was “devastated and will do everything we can to help.”

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— Munilla Construction (@WeAreMCM) March 15, 2018

The construction company added it would cooperate with investigators “in every way.”

FIGG Engineering, the company of the designer of the bridge, said that in their “40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened.” FIGG added the company would “fully cooperate with each competent authority in the review of what happened and why.”

Construction workers on the scene told WPLG, the bridge is undergoing a “stress test” when it collapsed, but officials have not confirmed that detail.

Fox News’ Shira Bush, Chad Pergram and Matt Richardson, along with The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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