At approximately 6:45AM on January 10th the Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed. This was also the day that President Biden was in town to deliver comments about the new infrastructure bill. The bridge runs along Forbes Avenue and is heavily traveled. It is made of K-Frame design and connects the East End neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze. In the collapse 10 people were injured. In all the collapse led a bus and several cars to plummet 100 feet down a hillside. In addition to the accident and injuries a the compromised structure resulted in a major gas leak. If you, or a loved one, were injured during this collapse, or any other western PA construction zone accident please contact our Pittsburgh injury attorneys handling all types of accident, injury and workers’ compensation cases.
Following the bridge collapse Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf requested more infrastructure funding according to a release from the governor’s office. President Biden joined Wolf at the site of the failure later that day. As of now, the National Transportation Safety Board and Pennsylvania DOT are investigating the incident, and NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy told reporters Jan. 29 at the site of the accident that it would be a “long, technical investigation.” A final report could take between 12 to 18 months to produce, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.