Ten people were injured after a bridge collapsed this morning in the city of Pittsburgh. Biden is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh today for a speech on ‘infrastructure’.
— KDKA (@KDKA) January 28, 2022
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Here’s more on the bridge collapse:
Ten people suffered minor injuries after a bridge collapsed in Point Breeze early Friday morning.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Chief Darryl Jones told reporters just after 8:30 a.m. that 10 people were injured, three of whom were taken to hospitals. None of the injuries was life-threatening, Jones said.
According to Pittsburgh Public Safety, crews were called to the scene in the area of Forbes and Braddock avenues before 7 a.m. Friday.
Several cars as well as a Port Authority bus were involved in the collapse. The three people who were taken to hospitals all were on the bus at the time of the collapse, Jones said.
“It sounded like a huge snow plow … pushing along the surface with no snow,” neighbor Wendy Stroh said. “I didn’t know what it was … It was very frightening.”
Just hours before President Joe Biden’s scheduled speech in Pittsburgh about the historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said the bridge over Hot Dog Dam Dog Park was inspected just last September.
Biden was made aware of the collapse and has been in touch with state and local officials, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Twitter.
I’ve read elsewhere that the bridge had been covered in snow and ice before it collapses. I’m glad the injuries weren’t any worse than ‘minor’ because that collapse looks horrible.
UPDATE: Apparently a human chain was formed to rescue victims:
Rescuers rappelled nearly 150 feet while others formed a human chain to help rescue multiple people from a dangling bus after the bridge collapsed in Pittsburgh. https://t.co/qQIoNpPEkB
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 28, 2022