WPXI has reported a bridge collapsing in Frick Park, crossing over Fern Hollow Creek in Pittsburgh, PA 15221.
Moments before 7 a.m on Friday, January 28, 2022, the Fern Hollow Bridge on Forbes Avenue crossing over Fern Hollow Creek collapsed. There was a Port Authority of Allegheny County bus along with five other vehicles only the bridge when it plummeted into the ravine. Inside the bus was the driver and two passengers who were all said to be alright. Many first responders were also injured.
A gas leak caused several homes to be evacuated. Many reported a strong smell of natural gas in the area prompting a Peoples Gas crew to cut the gas line.
WPXI revealed that an inspection in September 2021 gave the bridge a poor rating. They also determined that as many as 14,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. Truck traffic makes up 7% of that count.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents injured victims in the state of Pennsylvania. As a personal injury attorney, Brian has represented victims injured in bridge collapses. He recently discussed who can be held liable for injuries sustained during a catastrophic bridge collapse.
"Each day, many drivers cross bridges with the expectation that they will get across without any issues. When a bridge collapses, the effects could be devastating. It is important that a thorough investigation determine the reason for the collapse. Many hands are involved in the design and maintenance of a bridge. Additionally, there are inspections that can be tracked to determine deterioration and damage that might lead to such a tragic incident."
"Victims that have been injured, or worse, died when a bridge collapses have legal rights to recover compensation for their damages. It is necessary to identify any third parties that may be responsible for the tragic incident. Negligence is the common reason for a bridge collapsing. If inspections ignored signs of excessive deterioration or maintenance companies failed to replace outdated parts, they could be held liable for damages and injuries. These third parties might include the state, the company who designed the bridge, the contractor, the agency conducting the inspections, and the company that performs the regular maintenance."
"Victims injured in bridge collapses are encouraged to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney that will explain their legal options. Victims can often file a civil lawsuit against the liable parties for compensation."