A bus and several cars plummeted into a ravine as a bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed.
Pictures from the Frick Park area show the cracked, snow-covered bridge lying in the ravine, with emergency services on the scene on Friday morning.
Despite several vehicles beind thrown from the bridge as it collapsed, emergency services reported there had been no fatalities, while paramedics reported people had suffered injuries, including one firefighter who was being treated at the scene, Trib live reported.
Following the collapse, a smell of natural gas had been reported in the area. “When it collapsed it cut the line,” Peoples Gas spokesman Barry Kukovich told the Trib. “We are turning off the gas in the immediate area.”
“Gas line has been cut. Updates on injuries will be provided once PIO is on scene. Red Cross has been contacted for victim assistance,” Pittsburgh Public safety said in a tweet.
The collapse of the bridge comes hours before President Joe Biden is set to visit Pittsburgh to discuss plans to improve the country’s infrastructure.
Frick Park bridge collapses on Friday morning
Injuries reported at the scene after vehicles plunge into ravine
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City bus among the vehicles on bridge at time of collapse
14:31 , Oliver O'Connell
A city bus can be seen on the collapsed portion of the bridge.
The Forbes Ave bridge over #frickpark in #pittsburgh collapsed at about 6am. Several vehicles and a bus on the bridge. No injuries reported yet. Strong smell of natural gas. Avoid the area #pittsburghbridgecollapse pic.twitter.com/ykkE4YjiiX
— Greg Barnhisel (@gbarnhisel) January 28, 2022
Bridge collapses in snow
14:02 , Harriet Sinclair
Read the full story of the Pittsburgh bridge collapse. Gustaf Kilander reports
Footage from the scene shows aftermath of bridge collapse
13:40 , Harriet Sinclair
Footage and pictures taken at the scene of the bridge collapse show emergency services peering into the ravine - where vehicles were thrown as the Frick Park bridge crumbled.
— KDKA (@KDKA) January 28, 2022