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.”