Tow hits both bridges over the Mississippi River
A northbound towboat pushing what is believed to be a 28- or 32-barge tow struck the old U.S. 80 bridge and then two piers on the Interstate 20 bridge about 12:30 p.m. Monday, superintendent Herman Smith said.
He said the tow had passed the I-20 bridge when the current caught the tow and pushed into the old 80 bridge. The tow initially struck pier 4 of the U. S. 80 bridge and broke apart with barges striking piers 2 and 3 on the bridge.
Barges also hit the W-1 and E-1 piers on the I-20 bridge. None of the barges sank, Smith said.
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