THIS MORNING – INVESTIGATORS TRYING TO FIND THE CAUSE OF THIS DRAMATIC BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN PITTSBURGH
SOT – DENNIS COLLINS, NTSB INVESTIGATOR:
We’re looking for indications of where it began. // signs of stress in the materials, signs of fracture, signs of deterioration.
– COMBING THROUGH WHAT’S LEFT AT THE SCENE AFTER FRIDAY’S COLLAPSE LEFT TEN PEOPLE INJURED — MOSTLY FIRST RESPONDERS
SOT – BROADCASTIFY:
[GFX] “A lot of screaming and static on the phone, stating the bridge fully gave out.”
RESCUERS UP AGAINST ICY CONDITIONS AND SNOW AS THEY REPELLED MORE THAN A HUNDRED FEET…
OTHERS FORMING A HUMAN CHAIN TO GET PEOPLE OFF THIS PARTIALLY CRUSHED BUS, LEFT DANGLING ALONG THE EDGE
SOT – DRIVER DARYL LUCIANI:
As I was driving across it in my mind, I knew the bridge was collapsing. I could just feel it. The bus was bouncing and shaking.
THE COLLAPSE TOOK PLACE BEFORE 7 A-M… SCHOOLS HAD BEEN DELAYED FOR TWO HOURS DUE TO WEATHER, KEEPING TRAFFIC LIGHT IN WHAT OFFICIALS CALL ONE OF THE CITY’S VITAL ARTERIES
SOT – DARRYL JONES:
It would have been a lot worse. No one died. I know a lot of people are upset. You know, how could this happen? It’s under investigation. We are going to try to determine that.
THIS ALL TAKING PLACE JUST HOURS BEFORE PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS SET TO LAND IN PITTSBURGH TO TOUT HIS TRILLION DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE LAW… MORE THAN ONE BILLION OF IT ALLOTED FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S BRIDGES
[GFX] THE STATE IS RANKED SECOND IN THE COUNTRY FOR DETERIORATING BRIDGES
SOT – PRESIDENT BIDEN:
What you all know, if you don’t know, you should know, there are another 3,300 bridges here in Pennsylvania, some of which are just as old, and just as decrepit condition as that bridge was.
THE STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LABELING THE BRIDGE’S OVERALL CONDITION AS POOR DURING AN INSPECTION FOUR MONTHS AGO
SOT – JANE DUDLEY:
I walked under it all the time and saw the rust and decay, and that’s pretty typical in Pittsburgh.