Emergency services were at the scene of a bridge collapse in a park in Pittsburgh early on Friday, hours before President Biden was due to arrive in the city to comment on his infrastructure plan.
The bridge with Forbes Avenue through Frick Park east of downtown collapsed shortly before 7 a.m. according to a tweet of the city’s public safety department.
Pictures of KDKAI indicated that at least four vehicles – including a city bus – had fallen into a wooded ravine spanned by the bridge. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The station also reported that homes in the area were being evacuated as a strong odor of natural gas was reported. The public safety department later indicated that a gas pipe had been cut.
The site of the collapse is about four miles from where Biden was due to deliver a speech at 2 p.m. pay, union jobs and building a better America, including through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”
The $1.2 trillion plan, which Biden signed in November, allocates about $110 billion to roads, bridges and other projects.
There was no immediate statement from Biden or the White House about Friday’s collapse.
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