Two construction workers were hit by a vehicle near the Westinghouse Bridge in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning. CBS Pittsburgh reports that the accident happened on the Route 30 bridge just before 10 a.m.
The construction workers were reviewing the area for a bridge replacement that is due to get underway next weekend, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Police told reporters that, when the construction workers saw the car heading toward them, several jumped over a guardrail. Two workers were hit by the car with one suffering a leg injury. Both were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, and were treated and released. The driver of the car suffered a bump on the head and was taken to the hospital.
The accident was possibly the result of a tire blow-out. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the car’s left front tire was shredded or torn off the wheel of the car, which may have been what caused the driver to lose control, causing the car to careen across the oncoming lanes into the guardrail.
Tire marks were on the bridge along the line the car followed from one side of the road to the other.
The driver told police that she didn’t know what happened.
“All she knew is one second she was driving across the bridge, and the next she is running into the guardrail,” East Pittsburgh Police Officer Gary Dickson told the news agency. “[The contractors] said they heard a ‘Bang!’ like a tire popping, and they looked back and see the car coming at them.”
The driver suffered a large bump on her forehead and was taken to the hospital.
Officer Dickson said no citations had been issued to the driver of the car, but the investigation is ongoing.