Pedestrian bridge falls onto train tracks, no one hurt

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Posted: Apr 15, 2015 7:48 PM

A crane struck a concrete pedestrian bridge on Wednesday afternoon just before rush hour, sending part of the span crashing onto commuter train tracks, officials said.

Luckily, no one was on the bridge and no trains — which run by as often as every 6 minutes during rush hour — were barreling through. No one was hurt.

The bridge spans four Metro and MARC rail tracks in the Maryland town of Berwyn Heights, just outside Washington, The Washington Post reported.

Metro contractor Skanska was using the crane to lay crushed rock near a new track. The work was limited to a test track, Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye said. The work didn't affect Metro operations until the bridge came down on the tracks and a container holding the crushed rock.

While subway trains had been running by earlier Wednesday, they were not in the immediate area when the bridge fell, Dye said.

Trains run through about every about 6 minutes during rush hours and every 12 minutes on weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. according to Metro's website. The bridge fell about 3 p.m., the agency said in a news release.

Green line service between Greenbelt and College Park was suspended, and free shuttle buses transported passengers to their destination.