US Bridge in Pittsburgh Collapses on Day of Biden’s Infrastructure Visit

Vehicles that were on a bridge when it collapsed are visible, Jan. 28, 2022, in Pittsburgh’s East End

A bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, collapsed at around 6:50 a.m. Friday, just hours ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to the U.S. city to underscore the need to improve the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

Local authorities say at least ten people were injured. It is not yet clear what caused the bridge to collapse.

President Biden has been told of incident, according to a statement from the White House. He will proceed with the trip and stay in touch with officials about additional assistance, the statement said.

“Our team is in touch with state and local officials on the ground as they continue to gather information about the cause of the collapse,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted. “The president is grateful to the first responders who rushed to assist the drivers who were on the bridge at the time.”

A Port Authority bus that was on a bridge when it collapsed Jan. 28, 2022, is visible in Pittsburgh’s East End.

A Port Authority bus that was on a bridge when it collapsed Jan. 28, 2022, is visible in Pittsburgh’s East End.

Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks later Friday at Carnegie Mellon University, a few miles away from the collapsed bridge near the city’s Frick’s Park.

According to a White House official, the president will tout his $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, passed in November with bipartisan support and how it is “already strengthening in our supply chains and critical infrastructure — our roads, bridges, ports, airports, and more — giving us an edge in producing more in America and exporting it to the world.”

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