By: Patrick Damp / KDKA-TV
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It was a beautiful sight in Point Breeze on Friday morning when a bridge on Forbes Avenue running through Frick Park collapsed.
Just before 7 a.m., the bridge broke down while a Port Authority bus and several cars passed it.
Neighbor Wendy Stroh said: ‘It was like a giant lawn, pushing along a rough and snow-free runway surface. “I keep hearing this loud noise constantly coming from the front corner of my apartment.”
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For John Danzek, it was a disruption in his morning routine.
“About 6:35 a.m.-6:40 a.m., I heard this big bang, and then a humming like an airplane was flying over my house,” Danzek said. “There are frequent traffic accidents on this street, so I thought it might be something, but it worries me.”
He then worried it might be a pipe burst, but it wasn’t, when he looked out the window and saw that the bridge had collapsed.
“I can’t believe the bridge is gone, it’s incredible to think about it,” he said. “Literally, the entire structure just sits almost in place in the ravine.”
While he’s not grateful for the demise, he did say the timing helped keep it from becoming a serious tragedy.
“This is a major north-south corridor, so people cut here and go into Oakland in the morning, maybe 20 or maybe 25 minutes later, you’ll have the school bus on it, you’ll have full PAT. the bus is there, you’re going to have a lot of cars, and you’re going to have deaths, so we’re really lucky that this happened when it happened,” he said.
Danzek added that it will be a big blow to the neighborhood over the next few years.
“The good thing is that there are no deaths and we will pray that there are no deaths,” Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said. “We were lucky to have a bus pass by and we had no deaths. I want to thank the City of Pittsburgh, our EMS, our firefighters, our police, our county for their support, and the state for all coming together.”
As of this morning, 10 injured people have been reported and 3 of them have been taken to hospital, but are in good condition.
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