By: Erika Stanish
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The investigation into the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse has begun and will take quite a while.
On Saturday afternoon, the National Transportation Safety Board held a press conference after the first day of site checks.
Jennifer Homendy, NTSB President, provided the update, saying this will be a lengthy, technical investigation and they will be on the scene for several days.
Their investigation team used drones for an aerial view of the collapse, as well as inspectors on the ground examining the pins under the bridge deck, looking for signs of corrosion, fatigue and cracked.
“We will be looking at the entire history of this bridge, from design, maintenance, construction, everything to the day of its collapse,” Homendy said.
According to Dennis Collins, a local business provided the NTSB with footage that did not show the bridge collapse, but provided information about the time the Port Authority bus arrived at the bridge, giving them a better picture. about the time of the crash. NTSB investigator.
The Port Authority bus will be a big focus of the investigation as they are working to obtain footage from the bus to learn more about the collapse.
Homendy also used her existing abilities to call Americans, specifically Pittsburgs, to action, saying that 52.8% of the bridge in Pittsburgh was rated fair and 14.6% of the bridge in Pittsburgh is rated as poor.
“This is a call to action because we have aging transport infrastructure, something that needs to be addressed immediately,” she said.
Finally, Homendy thanked Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey as well as the community around the bridge who said they were helpful and friendly.
“The community around the scene of the collapse was very welcoming to us,” she said.
They are also asking anyone with information, videos or anything else regarding the crash to contact us via email by sending to Wit@ntsb.gov
A preliminary report is likely within the next 10 days, but Homendy said a final report is expected within the next 12-18 months.
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