tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC March 15, 2018 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
"world news tonight" with david muir is next. >> for all of u tonight, the deadly bridge collapse. the 950-ton bridge coming down on drivers in their cars. multiple vehicles crushed. authorities say several dead. the urgent rescue effort under way at this hour for people still trapped. witnesses say some of the cars were under the bridge, waiting for the light to change. also, the major headline breaking tonight involving president trump. abc news confirming special counsel robert mueller has now subpoenaed documents from the trump family business involving russia. and the secret recording, the president in his own words. describing a conversation with canada's prime minister. the president admitting he didn't know, but went ahead and said it. tonight, what he said. the eye-opening new surveillance video during the shooting in parkland. for the first time, the school officer under the microscope and
what the video now shows. the deadly explosion at a u.s. plant today. what caused it. and unbelievably, we are now tracking what could very well be a fourth major storm to slam into the u.s. good evening. and we begin tonight with that terrifying scene playing out today in miami. that 950-ton bridge coming down on drivers simply sitting in their cars underneath. witnesses say they were waiting for a traffic light. rescue teams on the scene at this hour, trying to find any survivors. it happened near florida international university, that bridge was just installed last weekend, put in because they wanted to make pedestrians crossing that busy highway safer. police say multiple cars were trapped and authorities say there are several dead tonight. abc's victor oquendo leading us off from the scene. >> oh, my god. >> we just watched this fall on people. >> oh, my god. there's two cars under there. >> reporter: tonight, a
desperate search and rescue operation for survivors underneath this massive bridge in miami. >> we are in full search and rescue mode. we have multiple victims. the number hasn't been determined yet. >> reporter: multiple people killed, ten more transported to the hospital. first responders all day digging through the rubble, reaching under debris to find anyone trapped. just after 1:30 p.m., this 950-ton pedestrian bridge spanning a busy thoroughfare collapsing without warning in seconds. >> this is a bridge collapse. we have a report of several people inj aeduristht e. t collapse in front of me, and it fell on the cars that were sitting there waiting the for the light to change. >> reporter: pinning passing cars underneath, trapping drivers under the rubble. >> at least four cars under this bridge, three to four are going to be unobtainable at this time. >> reporter: taiona page said screams coming from the cars were "terrifying." >> it felt as if there was an earthquake. i watched them try to pull someone out. two people had to have cpr performed on them.
i think like three cars that are completely smashed under the bridge. >> reporter: the injured rushed away on stretchers. at least two victims had to be cut from the wreckage. they're now drilling holes to look for survivors. tonight, rescue teams bringing in dogs to help in the search. >> our units responded to find eight trapped vehicles under the bridge. at this time, we've transported eight victims to hospitals. we have many, over 100 firefighters, working on the area, on the bridge, to try to find viable victims. >> reporter: that 174-foot portion of the bridge was still under construction. installed just last saturday in a matter of hours, and had not yet opened to pedestrians. its purpose, to give students at florida international university a safe route from campus to their homes in the neighboring city of sweetwater. five days after that bridge went up, it came crashing down. >> how could this have happened? this was completely recently installed. this is just ridiculous. >> and victor oquendo live from the scene tonight. and victor, that search and
rescue effort continues right now? >> reporter: david, authorities are calling this an all hands on deck situation. they'll be out here working throughout the night. they tell us they can't confirm the number of people dead, simply because they can't access the area or all of those cars that are stuck underneath the enormous weight of that bridge. david? >> just a horrific scene there. and victor, as you know, there are a lot of questions tonight about that new bridge, built befo beforehand and trucked to the scene. tonight, we have just learned that the ntsb is now investigating. and look at this video tonight, showing workers putting the 174-foot bridge right into place. it took them just hours to do that over the weekend last weekend. abc's david kerley tonight on this part of the story. >> reporter: the remnants of some of the 950 tons of concrete and steel were part of what is known as an abc bridge, accelerated bridge construction. some dub it an instant bridge. in fact, that pre-built span, in a matter of hours over the weekend, was moved into place. traffic was soon traveling below. the idea is to build the bridge
span, in this case, on the side of the road, keeping workers and drivers safe, and then, in less than a day, put the span in place with little disruption of traffic. 800 bridges have been built this way, or with pre-built elements, since 2010. the federal transportation department lauds this type of construction, and paid most of the $14 million for this bridge, which was supposed to withstand a category 5 hurricane and last 100 years. >> it usually is safer, because they're doing all the construction away from the traveling public. >> reporter: now, federal investigators from the ntsb will try to determine, was it a design flaw, a material or construction issue? both the bridge architect and the miami construction firm say they are "stunned" by the tragic collapse and will "fully cooperate" with the investigation. >> so, let's get to david kerley, he's with us live tonight. and federal investigators are on the way, and you're learning that the engineering company was actually conducting stress tests on that bridge today? >> reporter: another company, according to sweetwater city
officials, this engineering firm, doing a stress test in the morning. it's unclear, david, whether the test had been completed or was ongoing when the bridge collapsed. david? >> a lot more to come on this. david kerley, thank you. we turn now to the major headline involving president trump tonight. abc news now confirming that special counsel robert mueller has issued subpoenas to the trump family business, for documents related to russia. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a sign the russia investigation is expanding. abc news has confirmed special counsel robert mueller subpoenaed the trump family business for any documents related to russia. the subpoena, first reported by "the new york times," was issued sometime over the past several weeks. the president has repeatedly denied having any business dealings in russia. >> speaking for myself, i own nothing in russia. i have no loans in russia. i don't have any deals in russia. >> reporter: a source familiar
with the investigation tells abc news, the new subpoena is an indication the special counsel investigation has obtained information raising more questions about the financial dealings of the trump organization. in an interview with "the new york times" last summer, president trump said the special counsel would be crossing a red line if it expanded into areas related to trump business dealings. >> if mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances, unrelated to russia, is that a red line? >> would that be a breach of what his actual charge is? >> i would say yeah. i would say yes. >> reporter: it's now been reported that the special counsel has subpoenaed the trump organization for its dealings with russia. is this a red line? is the president upset about this? >> as we've maintained all along, and as the president has said numerous times, there was no collusion between the campaign and russia. for specific questions regarding the trump organization, i would refer you to them. >> reporter: one possible area of inquiry, plans to build a
trump tower, and the tallest building in the world, in moscow. plans discussed before and during the 2016 campaign. in an exclusive interview today with george stephanopoulos, felix sater, a former business associate of donald trump's, discussed the details of the plans he says continued even after trump started running for president. sater says he wrote e-mails to one of trump's lawyers, saying the deal would help his campaign. >> i was trying to do a real estate transaction. i clearly was not involved in the campaign, nor was i involved in any of the political end, and the hope that a large transaction like that would be built, if that was helpful to his run, that would have been great. >> reporter: and today, as the russia investigation expands, president trump joined with the leaders of britain, france and germany in condemning russia for the poison attack on a former russian spy and his daughter in england. this comes three days after theresa may blamed russia for the attack. do you think putin was behind this, mr. president?
>> it looks like it. i spoke with the prime minister, and we are in deep discussions. a very sad situation, it certainly looks like the russians were behind it. something that should never, ever happen. >> jonathan karl with us again tonight live at the white house. and jon, the trump administration also announcing sanctions on russia for cyber attacks during the 2016 elections, these sanctions, as we know, came nine months after they were approved by republicans and democrats in the senate, 98-2. many asking why it took so long. but jon, as you point out, though, this goes even further than meddling in the election. >> reporter: it sure does. in addition to imposing the sanctions over russian meddling in the 2016 election, the u.s. government is accusing the russians of waging a cyber campaign to infiltrate the u.s. energy sector. according to one senior u.s. official today, the campaign is long-term and still ongoing. david, this is a new and serious allegation by the trump administration against the russian government. >> jon karl at the white house tonight. jon, thank you.
also this evening, president trump in his own words. the secret recording. what he said about a conversation he had with canada's prime minister. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> have you always been truthful with prime minister trudeau? >> thank you very much. >> reporter: no boasting from president trump today, but las fund-raiser, it was classic trump. in a secret recording obtained by nbc news, telling his supporters that he was essentially winging it with canada's prime minister, justin trudeau, when countering trudeau's claims that the u.s. had no trade deficit with canada. >> nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in -- donald, we have no trade deficit. he was very proud, because everybody else, you know, is getting killed with our -- so, he's proud. i said, wrong, justin, you do. i didn't even know. josh, i had no idea. i just said, you're wrong. you know why? because we're so stupid. >> reporter: that got a laugh,
but there was no joking today. canada pointing to the u.s. government website that shows there is an overall surplus, not a deficit, to the tune of $12.5 billion in 2016. that did not convince the president. instead, doubling down, tweeting this morning, "we do have a trade deficit with canada, as we do with almost all countries, some of them massive." the white house says the president was talking about only the deficit in goods with canada. omitting the large surplus the u.s. has in services. >> so, let's get to martha raddatz with us live tonight, as well. so, martha, as you report there, the canadians pointing to our own government website and our numbers? >> reporter: ah, yeah, david. they stuck with that low key, unfazed canadian style, simply forwarding those statistics from the u.s. trade representative that show an overall surplus, factoring in both goods and services, david. >> all right, martha raddatz
with us tonight. martha, thanks. next tonight, newly released surveillance video raising questions about the police response to the deadly shooting at the school in parkland, florida. video now showing former deputy scot peterson outside the school for 27 minutes, as 17 people were being shot and killed. peterson and a staff member are seen heading toward the building in a golf cart, right there. he then takes up a position outside the building. his lawyer claims peterson believed the shooting was taking place outside. he retired rather than face possible suspension. we turn now to the school scare in the same community in south carolina that witnessed that deadly church shooting. you'll remember when dylann roof went into the emanuel african methodist episcopal church and killed so many. tonight, his sister, morgan roof, has been arrested for allegedly bringing a knife and pepper spray and drugs to school. her brother is now on death row for killing nine people at that church. morgan roof also accused of posting disturbing messages online. here's abc's steve osunsami.
>> reporter: this was happening as students across the country were walking out of school, protesting gun violence. school administrators at ac flora high school in columbia, south carolina, were racing to find 18-year-old morgan roof. she had just shared this message on social media that was read by other students, saying that she hoped the walkout was "a trap" and that students "get shot." "we know it's fixing to be nothing but black people walking out anyway." when they found her, police say she was carrying marijuana, pepper spray and a knife. she was arrested, and even the governor is saying that a "potential tragedy was avoided" at the high school. the teenager's comments about black people strike a nerve, because she's the younger sister of this young man. dylann roof, who is seen here entering a black church in charleston, where he killed nine people in 2015, and spoke proudly about wanting to start a race war. >> well, i don't like what black people do. >> reporter: dylann roof tonight is on death row in indiana. his sister, who has not yet entered a plea, is out on bond. david?
>> steve, thank you. now, to the stunning fall of a former ceo, described as america's youngest self-made female billionaire. elizabeth holmes charged with massive fraud. her company claiming to revolutionize blood testing, diagnosing hundreds of diseases with just a pin prick. but were those results accurate, and did they do all that they promised? here's abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis tonight. >> reporter: once celebrated as the next steve jobs -- >> we've made it possible to run comprehensive laboratory tests from a tiny sample. >> reporter: elizabeth holmes, founder of health care startup theranos, charged by the s.e.c. with massive fraud. the 34-year-old and her top associate claimed they had created revolutionary technology, requiring just a few drops of blood to run hundreds of lab tests that could quickly detect diseases like leukemia and hiv. now accused of running an "elaborate, years-long fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about the company's technology, business,
and financial performance." palav sharda says he became skeptical during a routine theranos blood test at walgreens when instead of a simple test, they took out a test tube. >> i asked her, "well, wait. wait a minute. this is supposed to be a pin prick." >> reporter: sharda claims that test inaccurately showed he had pre-die babete pre-diabetes. >> this is not right. you just can't lie. >> reporter: walgreens has since pulled theranos tests from its drugstores. theranos, whose board of directors once included general james mattis, who left to join president trump's cabinet, now fighting off bankruptcy. and rebecca jarvis here with us tonight. rebecca, we know before the s.e.c. released its findings, the department of justice was already investigating. what do we know about that? >> reporter: that's right, david. we know the department of justice was scrutinizing this company, but the status of that is currently unclear. as for those s.e.c. charges, elizabeth holmes will have to pay $500,000 in fines. she will no longer be able to serve as an officer or director of any public company for the
next decade, and neither she nor the company has admitted or denied any wrongdoing. >> all right, but a stunning fall. >> reporter: yes. >> rebecca, thank you. in other news, we do have breaking news overseas. a deadly military helicopter crash in iraq. the chopper crashed in western iraq. there are fatalities. the aircraft going down in western nba ar province. seven u.s. air force airmen reportedly onboard. there were no signs of hostile fire. of course, that investigation now under way tonight. back here at home tonight, and to that top fbi official in danger of being fired and losing his pension, just 72 hours before retirement. former deputy director andrew mccabe, a frequent target of president trump, we could see him going to the justice department today to plead his case. an ethics office recommending he be fired for allegedly misleading investigators over how details of the clinton foundation investigation ended up in a newspaper report. a.g. jeff sessions could make a decision any time now. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. unbelievably, a fourth major storm could slam into the u.s., the same region. rob standing by with the track of that. also, the massive explosion
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with that drop of water. nasa studying the effects of space on the human body, and they were going to compare scott to his twin brother, mark, when he got back. >> scott kelly, back on mother earth. >> reporter: and tonight, the results are in. twins who had the same genes when they started, could it be that space has altered that, even slightly? nasa tonight suggesting that that year in space activated so-called space genes. they witnessed a 7% change in gene expression. meaning 7% of scott kelly's genes did not return to their original state. we already knew scott was two inches taller when he landed. he's back to normal. he was also lighter than mark, losing muscle. that's back, too. but the genes in the study, not a perfect match anymore. and tonight, scott kelly joking, "i no longer have to call mark my identical twin brother anymore." thank you for watching here tonight. i'm david muir. we hope to see you tomor
live, where you live, this is abc 7 news. live doppler 7 tracking the continuing rain and snow falling on california with more storms on the way as we speak. >> we need this rain. recent storms have helped reduce california's drought in just the past week. >> in a latest map shows conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought. >> today's storm ranked level one on the abc 7 storm impact scale. these videos from san jose all captured wet streets, windshield wipers and umbrellas. >> we're looking live outside at
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