President Biden Visits Collapsed Bridge During Pittsburgh Visit
By Jason Hall
January 28, 2022
CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported President Biden would take "a detour from his schedule in Pittsburgh to visit the site" of the snow-covered bridge collapse that took place early Friday morning.
Collins confirmed the president was briefed on the situation by Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey ahead of his previously scheduled visit to discuss infrastructure.
“I’ve been coming to Pittsburgh a long time, and as a former Pennsylvania," Biden said at the scene via CBS Pittsburgh. "But I didn’t realize there were more bridges in Pittsburgh than any other city in the world,” Biden said as he stood at the edge, promising to “fix them all, that's not a joke.”
Ten people were hurt in relation to the bridge collapse.
WPXI reports the incident took place near Frick Park and caused several vehicles, including a bus, to crash down into a ravine.
President Biden is taking a detour from his schedule in Pittsburgh to visit the site of this morning's bridge collapse. Biden was briefed on the collapse by Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey earlier today.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 28, 2022
Pittsburgh Public Safety confirmed three victims were transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and Urban Search and Rescue has been deployed to make sure there aren't additional victims trapped under the collapsed bridge.
WPXI reports none of the 10 victims experienced serious injuries, which included first responders who slipped and fell.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center confirmed two patients were transported to its facility in a statement obtained by WPXI.
“As of 8:55 a.m., UPMC has received 2 adult patients determined to be in fair condition related to the reported bridge collapse in Frick Park,” the statement read.
The Port Authority of Allegheny County also released a statement regarding the bus involved with the bridge collapse obtained by WPXI.
“At about 6:45 a.m. a Port Authority bus route 61B-Braddock-Swissvale that was headed outbound on the Fern Hollow Bridge was nearly at the East side of the bridge when the bridge began to collapse.
“The bus contained two passengers and the operator. All three were assisted off by crews at the scene. There were no injuries reported.
“We are extremely thankful that no one from the bus reported any injuries, and grateful for the first responders who risked their own lives to save others.”
Several nearby families were evacuated from their homes due to a gas leak but have since been cleared to return, Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones confirmed to WPXI.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf tweeted, "“We are monitoring the situation in Pittsburgh and prepared to provide support as needed," in a tweet shared Friday morning adding, "Pittsburgh residents: Please stay safe and continue to avoid the area,"
Frick Park is the largest municipal park in Pittsburgh spanning 644 acres and is among the city's four historic large parks.
Late Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller named his 2011 album Blue Slide Park after the park's playground and a single off the album, Frick Park Market, in honor of s small store near the Point Breeze park boundary.
The park was also the site for vigils held in Miller's memory and renamed 'The Blue Slide of Mac Miller' on Google Maps and 'Mac Miller's Blue Slide Playground' on Apple Maps in his honor.