Pedestrian bridge collapses on busy freeway in Washington, DC

Police said the bridge began to collapse after an accident that involved three vehicles slamming into the bridge. Several vehicles, including a truck, were crushed under piles of concrete and fencing.
1:43 | 06/24/21

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Transcript for Pedestrian bridge collapses on busy freeway in Washington, DC
Next this evening, the images coming in after a bridge collapsed onto a Washington, D.C. Highway. The awful scene today. The bridge flattened several cars, several people rushed to the hospital, in fact. Authorities believe it all happened when a truck slammed into the bridge. ABC's Rachel Scott tonight from the scene. Reporter: Tonight, authorities investigating this terrifying scene, a pedestrian bridge collapsing onto one of the busiest highways in the nation's capital. Officials believe this truck slammed into the bridge, sending it crashing down. Drivers trapped in their cars, buried under the debris along I-295. We had a collision with the bridge, right here, which separated the bridge from its mooring. The result of that collision caused multiple cars to be involved. Reporter: At least five people were rushed to the hospital. Tonight, all expected to survive. You can see some of the mangled concrete and twisted steel that has collapsed right on top of that truck. All this shutting down six lanes of traffic. Debra Tracy works in a residential area nearby and heard the crash. I heard, like, a crunching, scraping sound, like nails on a chalkboard. And then a boom. I'm just thanking god no one was killed. Reporter: Crews now racing to clear the wreckage. And inspecting nearby bridges along the highway to make sure they weren't damaged by the truck. And Rachel, everyone has survived this and you've learned more tonight about a recent inspection of that bridge? Reporter: Yeah, David, the mayor saying tonight that this bridge was inspected earlier this year and that everything checked out. This stretch of the highway is expected to be closed until tomorrow. Crews will be working through the night to clear off the debris and rubble. David? Rachel Scott on the scene tonight. Thank you, Rachel.

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