Tow hits bridge Saturday; barges stay intact

Published 10:11 am Monday, April 13, 2020

No barges were dislodged after a southbound 25-barge tow struck pier 4 on the old Highway 80 bridge Saturday morning.

Bridge Superintendent Herman Smith said the Motor Vessel Blake Benton, operated by Marquette Transportation of Paducah, Ky., struck the pier about 7:11 a.m. Saturday. He said the pier had minor damage and rail traffic was resumed about 11:06 a.m. Smith said the barges were carrying dry cargo.

He said the tow was in a good position heading toward the bridge, but veered toward pier 3. The pilot attempted to avoid hitting it and overcompensated, hitting pier 4. There were no injuries.

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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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