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Thursday, 24 June 2021

Multiple Injured As Pedestrian Bridge Collapses In Washington DC


A pedestrian bridge that likely was struck by at least one vehicle collapsed onto Interstate 295 in Washington, DC, injuring several people and blocking the highway in both directions.

Chris Geldart, acting deputy mayor for public safety and justice, told reporters that preliminary evidence shows that a collision involving multiple vehicles occurred 10 minutes before noon. The bridge came off its moorings.

Geldart said five people taken to hospitals had non-life-threatening injuries.

The span collapsed at Kenilworth Avenue before Polk Street NE, DC Fire and EMS said in a tweet.

“We don’t have any structural concerns about the bridge. It was last inspected in February,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

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