File photo of the Eggner Ferry Bridge (Source: WFIE)
MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has confirmed that two spans of the Eggner Ferry Bridge in far western Kentucky collapsed Thursday after it was hit by a cargo ship that transports rocket parts.
WPSD-TV in Paducah reported that KYTC had planned to have electrical work performed on the bridge's navigation lights today. The work was scheduled before the accident. It was not clear whether a possible problem with the structure's navigation lights may have led to the crash.
The two-lane U.S. 68/KY 80 bridge over Kentucky Lake in Marshall County is located on the western entrance to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. KYTC officials said about 2,800 vehicles travel across it daily.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the motor vessel Delta Mariner struck the main span of the bridge about 9:10 Eastern time Thursday night. The pilot said he was running without any barges in tow at the time.
The captain reported seeing no vehicles on the bridge at the time of the accident. But 51-year-old Robert Parker of Cadiz, KY said says he was driving over the bridge when he noticed one of the bridge sections was missing and stopped in time. All 20 crew members aboard the Delta Mariner were uninjured.
The Coast Guard has closed Kentucky Lake/the Tennessee River to boat traffic at the accident site.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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