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Pittsburgh bridge collapses ahead of Biden visit on infrastructure

The Forbes Avenue bridge over Fern Hollow Creek in Pittsburgh's Frick Park collapsed Friday morning, with several vehicles, including a Port Authority bus, on the span at the time. See video from the bridge collapse scene: Click the video player above.Ten injuries were reported in the collapse, which happened in the area of ​​Forbes and South Braddock avenues near the city's Point Breeze neighborhood. Four people were taken to area hospitals. One person has since been released from the hospital and officials from the Port Authority said one person who was on the bus was checked out at the scene and left, however, two hours later the person complained of injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The bridge that collapsed is known as the Fern Hollow Bridge, used by an estimated 14,500 vehicles daily. On Friday evening, NTSB officials arrived at the scene to investigate the bridge collapse. NTSB investigators are on scene: Watch their latest update below. President Joe Biden visited the site of the bridge collapse, just after he arrived in the city for a previously scheduled speech on infrastructure. "You realize, I've been coming to Pittsburgh a long time and as a former Pennsylvania, but I didn ' t realize there are literally more bridges in Pittsburgh than any other city in the world. More than Venice. I knew there were a lot of bridges - I had no idea of ​​that. And we're gonna fix them all. It's not a joke . This is going to be a gigantic change. There's 43,000 nationwide and we're sending them money, "Biden said.Click the video player below to watch Biden visit the site of the collapse.City officials said the bridge came down at 6: 39 am Witnesses said the loud noise from the collapse was followed by a hissing sound and the smell of natural gas.A major gas leak caused a strong odor in the area. Some homes were evacuated due to the leak, but all residents have been able to return to their homes.Rescuers had to rappel nearly 150 feet and form a human chain to reach the people in the articulated bus that fell with the bridge into the ravine. Port Authority officials said a driver and two passengers were on the 61B bus, which was headed outbound from downtown Pittsburgh to Braddock when the collapse happened. Pittsburgh Public Safety officials said the passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment.Public Safety update on bridge collapse: Watch the news conference above. A photo from Pittsburgh Public Safety showed the collapse.Authorities flew drones to make sure no one was under any collapsed sections of the bridge, and a spokesman for Mayor Ed Gainey said a search-and-rescue team combed the area for any other possible victims .Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the collapse.Owned by the city, the bridge is an important artery that leads to Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill and Oakland neighborhoods. Public Safety officials say the span was most recently inspected in September. The bridge was in "poor" overall condition, according to a statewide listing of bridge conditions on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website. The report listed the deck condition as poor and said the substructure was satisfactory.The Associated Press contributed to this story.This story will be updated. Refresh this page for the latest.

The Forbes Avenue bridge over Fern Hollow Creek in Pittsburgh's Frick Park collapsed Friday morning, with several vehicles, including a Port Authority bus, on the span at the time.

See video from the bridge collapse scene: Click the video player above.

Ten injuries were reported in the collapse, which happened in the area of ​​Forbes and South Braddock avenues near the city's Point Breeze neighborhood. Four people were taken to area hospitals.

One person has since been released from the hospital and officials from the Port Authority said one person who was on the bus was checked out at the scene and left, however, two hours later the person complained of injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

The bridge that collapsed is known as the Fern Hollow Bridge, used by an estimated 14,500 vehicles daily.

On Friday evening, NTSB officials arrived at the scene to investigate the bridge collapse.

NTSB investigators are on scene: Watch their latest update below.

President Joe Biden visited the site of the bridge collapse, just after he arrived in the city for a previously scheduled speech on infrastructure.

"You realize, I've been coming to Pittsburgh a long time and as a former Pennsylvania, but I did not realize there are literally more bridges in Pittsburgh than any other city in the world. More than Venice. I knew there were a lot of bridges - I had no idea of ​​that. And we're gonna fix them all. It's not a joke. This is going to be a gigantic change. There's 43,000 nationwide and we're sending them money, "Biden said.

Click the video player below to watch Biden visit the site of the collapse.

City officials said the bridge came down at 6:39 am Witnesses said the loud noise from the collapse was followed by a hissing sound and the smell of natural gas.

A major gas leak caused a strong odor in the area. Some homes were evacuated due to the leak, but all residents have been able to return to their homes.

Rescuers had to rappel nearly 150 feet and form a human chain to reach the people in the articulated bus that fell with the bridge into the ravine.

Port Authority officials said a driver and two passengers were on the 61B bus, which was headed outbound from downtown Pittsburgh to Braddock when the collapse happened. Pittsburgh Public Safety officials said the passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Public Safety update on bridge collapse: Watch the news conference above.

A photo from Pittsburgh Public Safety showed the collapse.

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Authorities flew drones to make sure no one was under any collapsed sections of the bridge, and a spokesman for Mayor Ed Gainey said a search-and-rescue team combed the area for any other possible victims.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the collapse.

Owned by the city, the bridge is an important artery that leads to Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill and Oakland neighborhoods. Public Safety officials say the span was most recently inspected in September.

The bridge was in "poor" overall condition, according to a statewide listing of bridge conditions on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website. The report listed the deck condition as poor and said the substructure was satisfactory.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

This story will be updated. Refresh this page for the latest.

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