Officials: third bridge collision in three days

Published 11:01 am Thursday, January 14, 2016

For the third consecutive day a tow has struck the old U.S. 80 bridge, striking it at pier No. 3 on the Mississippi side of the river.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the 25-barge tow carrying grain pushed by the motor vessel Robert D. Byrd owned by ACBL River Operations struck the bridge about 7:44 a.m. The river remains open to traffic a Coast Guard spokesman said.

Bridge superintendent Herman Smith said the tow hit the pier.

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“It just scraped the bridge and nothing sunk,” he said. “We went down and looked at the pier and you can barely see where it hit.”

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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