UPDATE: While D.C. officials had previously stated that Bridge 66 was in good condition, they released another statement that the bridge had received a rating of poor condition following the inspection in February.
A statement from Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Chris Geldart said:
Bridge 66 was inspected in April 2019 and then again more recently in February 2021. During these inspections, bridges are rated on a national scale that ranges from 9 to 0. In 2019, this bridge was rated fair (5). Bridge 66 was inspected in February 2021 resulting in a May 25th inspection report giving the bridge a rating of poor condition (4) – the threshold that prompts the multiyear planning process to replace the bridge. During today’s initial readout to the media, we misstated the condition of Bridge 66.
WASHINGTON (WDVM) — A bridge collapse in Northeast D.C. on Wednesday left people injured and cars mangled. D.C. Fire and EMS officials responded to a pedestrian bridge collapse on Kenilworth Ave. and Polk St. around noon.
Officials said that the collapse included three civilian vehicles and a commercial truck — while nobody was trapped, there were six possible injuries and five people taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
One neighbor said he heard the collision from his home, but he’s glad his family is safe since they walk this bridge every single day
Deandre Anderson said, “When the situation occurred, I got a call, and I was like, ‘oh, I walk on that bridge every day,’ and when I tried to walk on it, they told me I couldn’t walk on because that’s the bridge that fell so I had to walk all the way around, and I seen the bridge and it’s crazy.”
Police said that there was a diesel fuel leak during the incident that was put under control by Fire and EMS.
Officials said that may be until tomorrow to move everything. The bridge was last inspected in February.
Police are checking other bridges down the road for damage.