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USAR deployed to search for possible victims under collapsed bridge in Pittsburgh

Kristen Walters

Pittsburgh bridge collapsed near Frick ParkImage via Pittsburgh Public Safety

Around 6:30 am on Friday, January 28, 2022, the Forbes Avenue Bridge in Pittsburgh's East End collapsed. Pittsburgh Public Safety reported that five-passenger vehicles and a Port Authority bus were on the bridge at the time of the collapse.

On Friday afternoon, Pittsburgh fire chief Darryl Jones stated that ten people sustained minor injuries in the collapse. Three people were transported to local hospitals, but their injuries were described as "non-life-threatening."

So far, no serious injuries or fatalities have been reported in connection with the Frick Park bridge collapse.

However, public safety officials do not yet know if there was anyone under the bridge at the time of the collapse. Therefore, they have called in the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) to conduct a thorough search to look for any potential victims that may have been caught under the bridge when it collapsed.

Pittsburgh Public Safety has asked that people avoid the area while the search is taking place.

Chief Jones also mentioned in his statement that the bridge collapse caused a massive gas leak. However, the leak is now under control.

Some residents were asked to evacuate their homes earlier today as a precaution, but they have since been allowed to return to their residences. In addition, gas service has been restored to their homes.

The Red Cross is setting up a victim's assistance unit at the Biddle Building located at 800 S. Braddock Avenue in Pittsburgh. If you suspect that a loved one or someone you know was involved in today's accident, you can get more information on their status at this location.

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