Human chain saves bus passengers after bridge collapses leaving people dangling

A human chain has saved passengers on a bus after a bridge collapsed.

A Pittsburgh park bridge collapsed leaving 10 people injured and three of whom had to be taken to hospital.

Hours before President Joe Biden arrived in the city to try and sell his infrastructure plan, officials shared the news of the collapsed bridge.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said: "The good thing, at this point is that there's no fatalities. We were fortunate."

The New York Post reports that a tweet from the city's Department of Public Safety said the bridge carries Forbes Avenue through Frick Park east of downtown gave way shortly before 7am.

At the time "three or four vehicles" were on the bridge including the bus, explained Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones.

Chief Jones clarified that the three hospitalised patients were on the bus and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

He added: “The others [who were hurt] were some of our first responders who [suffered] slips and falls and things like that, exhaustion.

“So everybody’s OK.”

To save the three bus passengers and the driver who hung from the vehicle of the edge of the collapsed bridge people formed a human chain.

The bridge has been described as "a major major artery" and would take "a lot of work" to mend the damage created, said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Due to the incident, homes were evacuated in the area after a gas line was damaged.

Later it was shut off allowing residents to return to their homes.

Mr Biden was due to deliver a speech just six kilometres away for is $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan which approximately allocates $110 billion to roads, bridges and other projects.

In a statement the White House secretary Jen Pskai tweeted that the President had been informed about the collapsed bridge and would continue with his trip as planned.

She 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."

Mr Grainey the states mayor said, "we need" the funding from the new law.

“I’ve said it before, this bipartisan infrastructure law, it’s critical to Southwest Pennsylvania and the city of Pittsburgh. We know we have bridges that we need to take care of … At the end of the day, we could have had some serious injuries.

“This is critical that we get this funding and we’re glad to have the president coming today," said Mr Gainey.

Officials have stated that the bridge was last inspected in September and the cause of collapse is not immediately clear.

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