The following article, Bridge Collapse Highlights Dangers of Biden’s Too-Broad Infrastructure Bill, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Around the nation this morning, a strange bit of confluence seemed to rattle us, and in a very visceral way.
Disturbing images were being shared from the Pittsburgh region of Pennsylvania after a rather massive bridge collapsed, stranding a number of vehicles, including a public transit bus, in the wreckage.
A Pittsburgh bridge collapse has left three hospitalized and 10 injured at Frick Park early Friday morning, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The injured were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. First responders reported to the scene and rappelled nearly 150 feet to help passengers from a dangling bus, while others formed a human chain to help rescuers with the effort.
The United States Army Reserve (USAR) was deployed to ensure there were no victims under the bridge during the collapse. Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones said a gas leak that was caused by the collapse is now “under control.” Jones added that families who were told to evacuate during the leak have returned home and their gas has been restored.
Twitter was soon saturated with dramatic photos from the scene.
— Tony Ruffolo (@WPXITonyRuffolo) January 28, 2022
Umm…if you weren't a conspiracy theorist before…
Bridge Collapses In Pittsburgh Before Biden Is Set To Visit To Talk About Infrastructure pic.twitter.com/XYL3l7UJ8O
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) January 28, 2022
The Forbes Ave bridge over #frickpark in #pittsburgh collapsed at about 6am. Several vehicles and a bus on the bridge. No injuries reported yet. Strong smell of natural gas. Avoid the area #pittsburghbridgecollapse pic.twitter.com/ykkE4YjiiX
— Greg Barnhisel (@gbarnhisel) January 28, 2022
The irony that was at the heart of the morning’s news became evident after it was reported that US President Joe Biden had been scheduled to appear in Pittsburgh on Friday to talk about the importance of his infrastructure agenda.
But, once the shock of the coincidence wore off, America was reminded that Biden’s own previous attempts at passing such a package through Congress were self-immolated by the Democratic Party’s unwillingness to more narrowly define “infrastructure”. The left was looking for all manner of nigh-intangible concessions in that bill, which predictably forced the GOP to rally against it.
Perhaps even a smidgeon of compromise on the part of the White House would have had that bill passed with ease, and it would have allowed cities like Pittsburgh to receive the funds they need to keep their roadways safe.
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