More lawsuits filed in Fern Hollow Bridge collapse

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By Jennifer Borrasso
/ CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s been nearly four months since the Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed.
On Monday, three lawyers filed lawsuits against the city of Pittsburgh. The lawyers filed a motion demanding that the city identifies the companies and people responsible for inspecting and maintaining the bridge.
All three lawyers represent different clients who they say are still suffering physically and mentally. They believe the bridge collapse was preventable. 
Attorneys Jason Matzus, Pete Giglione and Rich Talarico filed the lawsuits against the city on Monday. They believe others, besides the city, may have had a role in the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in January, which sent several vehicles and a Port Authority bus crashing down. 
 They are asking an Allegheny County judge to force the city to turn over information. 
“We are trying to get transparency from the city,” Giglione said. “We want to know what they knew, we want to know who else was involved with inspecting, maintaining and preparing the bridge, if necessary. And that’s the information we are asking a judge to order the city to disclose to us.”
“The limited information that we have now suggests at a minimum, since 2011, this bridge was rated in poor condition,” said Matzus, who represents Dr. Clinton Runco. “The operative question becomes what, if anything, has the city done in the last 10-plus years to protect the public?”
Matzus said Runco and his vehicle tumbled about 100 feet down. He suffered a broken neck and crushed sternum. The 75-year-old had to crawl out of his car for help.
“Dr. Runco considers himself very very fortunate, he recognizes this was a miracle situation,” Matzus said. “He suffered serious injuries.”
Giglione represents Daryl Luciani, the Port Authority bus driver. He said Luciani had shoulder surgery last week and is unable to return to work.
“he’s very much suffering emotionally,” Giglione said. “He has significant PTSD. He has trouble sleeping.”
Talarico said he filed a lawsuit for Matthew Evans, who was on the way to work on the bus when the bridge collapsed. 
The city of Pittsburgh said Monday that it does not comment on pending lawsuits.
Jennifer Borrasso joined the KDKA News team as a reporter in August 2019. Jennifer has over 20 years of broadcast experience. Her news philosophy is simple: tell good stories.
First published on May 16, 2022 / 6:28 PM
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