No deaths reported in Pittsburgh bridge collapse, Biden visited site ahead of infrastructure speech

Accident occurred about two hours before President Biden was set to visit the city

Updated: January 28, 2022 - 4:14pm

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Authorities on Friday reported only minor injuries and no fatalities in a bridge collapse in Pittsburgh that occurred just hours before President Biden delivered a speech in the western Pennsylvania city touting the need for continued infrastructure investment. 

The 50-year-old bridge collapse at about 6:40 a.m. local time, resulting in rescuers rappelling nearly 150 feet and forming a human chain to reach occupants of a transit bus that had plummeted with the span into a park ravine, according to the Associated Press

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill recently passed by Congress and signed into law by Biden reportedly includes roughly $1.6 billion for Pennsylvania bridge maintenance.

Biden visited the accident site before giving the speech. 

Authorities also flew drones to make sure nobody was under any collapsed sections. Five other vehicles were also on the bridge at the time. The cause of the accident is still being investigated, the wire service also reports.