10 injured, 4 taken to hospital – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Ten people were injured – four of them taken to hospital – after a bridge collapsed just before rush hour Friday morning at the east end of Pittsburgh.

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Three of those injured when the Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed near Frick Park before 7 a.m. were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The fourth victim was taken to UPMC Shadyside Hospital, but was released after receiving treatment. At least one of the victims was a first responder. All is said to be in fair condition.

About a dozen NTSB officials were searched by dogs when a scene of chaos began in the area of ​​Forbes and Braddock Avenue, near Point Breeze, shortly before dawn.

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The Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed early Friday morning, sending a Port Authority bus and several other vehicles into the Hot Dog Dam Park. (Image: Justin Merriman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Neighbor Wendy Stroh described what she heard.

“It was like a giant snow plow… pushing along the surface without snow,” she said. “I don’t know what it is… It’s very scary.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey tweeted an impressive aerial photo from above of the scene of the collapse.

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Several cars as well as a Port Authority bus were involved in the collapse. At least three of those who rushed to the hospital were on the bus at the time of the collapse, Pittsburgh Fire Department Chief Darryl Jones said.

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Just hours before President Joe Biden’s scheduled speech in Pittsburgh on his historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, Gainey said the bridge spans Hot Dog Park Dam Dog was tested last September. The results of that test were not immediately known.

Biden was made aware of the fall and his team has been in contact with state and local officials, including Gainey, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Twitter.

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On his way to a pre-scheduled speech at Mill 19 in Hazelwood, Biden visited the collapse site, where he met with state and local officials, including Lieutenant Colonel John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who was despite the sub-freezing temperatures to wear shorts.

During a brief visit, Biden said he didn’t know Pittsburgh had more bridges than any other city in the world, and vowed to “fix them all.”

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Friday’s collapse marks an odd coincidence as Biden is scheduled to talk about his historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan.

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“This bipartisan infrastructure law is very important,” said Gainey. “At the end of the day, it’s important that we get this funding.”

“I hope it’s a wake-up call to the nation that we need to make these important investments,” added Fetterman, who drove over the bridge on Thursday.

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Earlier in the day, KDKA-TV’s Bryant Reed, one of the first reporters to arrive on the scene, reported that there was a strong smell of gas in the area. That gas line was cut, and some families who had evacuated their homes were able to return a short time later. Jones said. The collapse cut off the gas pipeline along the bridge, causing a large gas leak, Public Safety said.

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It is not known what caused the bridge to collapse.

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Councilman Corey O’Connor told KDKA in a phone interview that the collapse could cause traffic headaches for a long time.

“This is an important road, a lifeline, in our area,” he said. “This is the first part of the road that is heavily used, going around the tunnel. We are looking at the possibility of closing for a few years here. “

Jones said Relief Teams and the Red Cross have been activated to assist.

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