By Denise Clay-Murray of Votebeat
A Port Authority bus that was on a bridge when it collapsed Friday Jan. 28, 2022, is visible in Pittsburgh's East End. 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 multiple people from a dangling bus.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A bridge collapse in Frick Park early today sent a Port Authority bus down a ravine, as the president prepared to speak on investing in the nation’s infrastructure.
About 10 people suffered from minor injuries, and some of them were first responders, WPXI is reporting.
The bridge carried Forbes Avenue over Fern Hollow Creek. The bridge is about 50 years old and about 450 feet long, reports the Trib.
The collapse shut down much of the city’s East End. Pittsburgh Public also cancelled in-person classes for the day in the area.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that the president “is grateful to the first responders who rushed to assist the drivers who were on the bridge at the time. The President will proceed with trip planned for today and will stay in touch with officials on the ground about additional assistance we can provide.”
Biden is set to speak at Mill 19, a former industrial site that’s part of an envisioned redevelopment model for other areas. He’s here to tout the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill might help to revitalize manufacturing, and create other improvements in the region.
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