04 August 2021,   20:10
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5 people hospitalized after pedestrian bridge collapses onto Washington, DC highway

Five people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a pedestrian bridge that was in "poor condition" collapsed onto a busy Washington, D.C., highway, officials said.

The incident occurred just before noon Wednesday on DC-295 near Polk Street. The collapse appears to have been caused by a collision, D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Chris Geldart said during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Based on the preliminary investigation, a truck carrying diesel fuel may have collided with the bridge, causing it to separate from its mooring, he said. Multiple cars were then involved in the crash, with five people in those cars transported to local hospitals, he said.

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