Ten injured after bridge collapses in Pittsburgh hours before scheduled Biden visit to talk infrastructure

A bridge collapsed near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Today tmorning, injuring ten people, according to officials. Pittsburgh's fire chief Darryl Jones said that the injuries were all minor and not life-threatening, and that three people were sent to the hospital. The bridge collapsed while four vehicles were on it, and the reason of the collapse is still being investigated, according to Jones.

The bridge across Hot Dog Dam Dog Park was last inspected in September, according to Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey. Later in the day, US Vice President Joe Biden will visit Pittsburgh to discuss infrastructure. Biden is aware of the event, according to the White House, and plans to continue his trip. 

The statement read, "The President is appreciative to the first responders who hurried to assist the drivers who were on the bridge at the time." Early Friday morning, emergency crews were called to a "confirmed bridge collapse" at Forbes and Braddock avenues in east Pittsburgh, according to a tweet from Pittsburgh Public Safety. After reporting that "there is a strong smell of natural gas in the neighbourhood," the agency stated that a "gas line has been cut."

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