Pedestrian bridge collapses on DC highway, several people injured

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WASHINGTON (WAVY) — A pedestrian bridge collapsed in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, trapping vehicles below.

DC Fire and EMS reported that they examined six patients at the scene. Five of them were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The incident happened just before noon on DC-295, also known as the Anacostia Freeway, near Polk St NE.

During a media briefing Wednesday afternoon, officials said a vehicle hit the bridge, and the preliminary investigation suggests this caused the collapse.

State Highway 295 remains closed in both directions as a result of the collapse.

Chris Geldart, Acting Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, said it was expected to take until Thursday to remove the debris and reopen the roadway.

An official update from DC Homeland Security & Emergency Management said the interstate is expected to reopen Thursday at 10 p.m.

Geldart said the last inspection reports from the bridge show the mooring, which separated during the collision, was structurally sound. There were no reports of structural concerns about the bridge.

He said there is no time estimate for when the bridge will be replaced.

A hazmat unit is assisting with diesel fuel leaking from a truck trapped under the debris. Another vehicle was also stuck under the collapsed bridge.

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