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Ten people were injured and three hospitalized after a bridge collapsed early Friday in the East End of Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Bridge Collapses Hours Before Biden’s Infrastructure Tour: NPR

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Ten people were injured and three hospitalized after a bridge collapsed early Friday in the East End of Pittsburgh.

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At least 10 people were injured when a snow-covered bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed early Friday, just hours before President Biden was due to visit the city to highlight its efforts to improve infrastructure.

Pittsburgh Public Safety confirmed the collapse in a tweet just before 7 a.m. ET. The bridge spans a wooded ravine and creek in the city’s Frick Park, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Shortly after, Pittsburgh Public Safety said there was a strong smell gas in the area and confirmed that a gas line had been severed. This added that the Red Cross had been contacted for “victim assistance”.

Three of the 10 people injured were taken to hospital, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety. They described the injuries as not life threatening.

Fire Chief Darryl Jones said there was a “massive gas leak but is now under control”. Families who had to evacuate have since been allowed to return, according to CBS affiliate KDKA.

Several cars and a Port Authority bus were involved in the collapse.

Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph told NPR the bus was “almost on the east side of the bridge” when it began to crumble around 6:45 a.m. Crews helped get the operator and two passengers off the bus, and none were injured.

“We are extremely grateful that no one on the bus reported injuries, and grateful to the first responders who risked their own lives to save others,” Brandolph added.

It is not known what caused the bridge to collapse. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ranks elements of its structure from “poor” to “satisfactory,” noted member station WESA.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said in a tweet that his office is monitoring the situation and is ready to provide support as needed.

The incident occurred the same day as Biden’s planned visit to Pittsburgh, where the White House had previously said he would visit Carnegie Mellon University at Mill 19 and deliver remarks ‘strengthening the shackles of supplying the country, revitalizing American manufacturing, creating well-paying, unionized jobs.” , and building a better America, including through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.”

Biden’s journey will continue, the White House told reporters, noting that the White House will remain in contact with state and local officials about the cause of the collapse and any federal assistance needed.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told reporters at the scene that repairs would take time.

“It’s a major thoroughfare, there’s a lot of work to do,” he said, according to WESA.

All K-5, K-8, 6-8 and Special Schools will switch to remote learning, Pittsburgh Public Schools said, citing “the impact of a bridge collapse in the East End and a high volume of calls from bus drivers”.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey stressed the importance of passing the federal infrastructure plan for Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania, the station added.

“We know we have bridges that we need to take care of,” Gainey said. “For him coming today to explain why this funding is so important…it’s critical that we get this funding.”

This is a developing story. Some things reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police and other authorities, credible news outlets, and journalists who are on the scene. We will update as the situation evolves.



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