PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Several people were injured after the Fern Hollow Bridge over Frick Park collapsed into a ravine. Miraculously, no one was killed.
Ten people, including several first responders, were injured. Four people were taken to UPMC with serious but manageable injuries. Three remained in Presbyterian while a fourth, who had been taken to Shadyside, was released.
KDKA’s Amy Wadas spoke to a woman whose parents are at UPMC Presby. Tyrone and Velva Perry were in a red pickup truck about to cross the bridge when they heard a noise and realized the bridge was starting to buckle their seat belts right in front of them.
Their pick-up fell into the ravine below and their daughter said they were both in the ICU with broken spines. She’s waiting to hear what’s next while her parents have an MRI scan.
“This morning, around 6:30, they were on their way across the Frick Park Bridge when it collapsed,” Erin Perry said. “They were in a truck, bottoming, and then my father was driving and said after they bottomed, there was a car coming towards them, overturning, and then it landed right next to them. next to their truck.”
Perry says she’s grateful that her parents survived despite what happened. She says they are awake and in good spirits while they wait to hear what comes next.
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“They were there to watch, but they had sustained vertebral fractures so they broke their backs. I don’t know how much of that is considered a fair condition. They could move their limbs, but they were definitely seriously injured,” Perry said.
She said her parents were instructed to get out of their car, so with their spines broken, they stepped themselves out of their pickup until they could find somewhere to sit down.
The Port Authority bus with the driver and two passengers was one of the vehicles that plunged into the ravine. Driver Daryl Luciani told KDKA Radio that Friday was actually his day off, but he decided to work so he could earn extra hours. He didn’t expect his day to turn out like this.
Luciani told KDKA’s Amy Wadas via text message that he had gone to the Jefferson Hospital emergency room for a checkup, but AHN said he has yet to be hospitalized.
Fire chief Darryl Jones said “thank God” no one was injured. They finished checking underneath the bridge to make sure no one was trapped and moved from response to recovery on Friday night. Just a little more, and the bridge will be packed with people on the morning commute, Jones said.
Stay tuned to KDKA for the latest on this developing story.
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