[SeMissourian.com] Fair ~ 86°F  
River stage: 18.23 ft. Falling
Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Coal barge strikes bridge over Mississippi River

Friday, June 1, 2007

Southeast Missourian

A coal barge struck the U.S. 62/60 bridge between Cairo, Ill., and Birds Point, Mo., Thursday afternoon, closing the bridge to traffic while safety inspectors checked for structural damage, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

The bridge over the Mississippi River was closed for about two hours while the inspectors checked bridge piers for damage.

The exact cause of the accident was not known Thursday evening, said Petty Officer Wade Bortle of the Coast Guard office in Louisville, Ky. "We do know that the current is running pretty fast in that area," he said.

Bortle did not have the name of the towing company that was transporting the coal barge.

Fact Check
See inaccurate information in this story?

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration. If you already have an account on seMissourian.com or semoball.com, enter your username and password below. Otherwise, click here to register.


Password:  (Forgot your password?)

Your comments:
Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic.