Skip to content
Biden visits Pennsylvania to talk infrastructure as bridge collapses

 | Local News

Biden visits Pennsylvania to talk infrastructure as bridge collapses

| Business Top stories | News Today

A two-lane bridge collapsed in Pittsburgh early Friday, prompting rescuers to rappel nearly 150 feet (46 meters) while others formed a human chain to help rescue several people from a bus suspended.

The collapse came hours before President Joe Biden was due in the city to claim his $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which includes bridge maintenance.

The collapse caused minor injuries but no deaths, authorities said, who also said they were flying drones to make sure no one was under the collapsed sections.

Police reported that the span, on Forbes Avenue above Fern Hollow Creek in Frick Park, fell just before 7 a.m.

A photo from the scene showed a commuter bus standing on a section of the collapsed bridge.

City officials said the collapse caused a gas leak, but the gas has since been shut off.

Pittsburgh Bureau Fire Chief Darryl Jones said three or four vehicles were involved in the collapse and there were 10 minor injuries, three of whom were taken to hospital. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Jones said.

Authorities told motorists to avoid the area.

In a statement, the White House said Biden would continue with his planned trip to Pittsburgh.

“Our team is in contact with state and local officials on the ground as they continue to gather information on the cause of the collapse,” the statement said. “The President is grateful to the first responders who rushed to help the drivers who were on the bridge at the time.”

Biden visits Pennsylvania to talk infrastructure as bridge collapses

| Latest News Headlines Local news
USA voanews

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.