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Ship Carrying Rocket Parts, Hits Kentucky Bridge

March 18, 2012 by staff 

Ship Carrying Rocket Parts, Hits Kentucky Bridge, Kentucky’s governor on Friday promised speedy work to begin replacing a bridge that partially collapsed when it was struck by a cargo ship hauling parts for a space rocket. Two spans of the Eggner Ferry Bridge at US 68 and Kentucky 80 were destroyed Thursday night by the Delta Mariner, which was too tall to pass beneath the structure. No injuries were reported on the bridge or in the boat, which was carrying rocket components from Decatur, Ala., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The ship was traveling on the Tennessee River on its typical route to Florida’s Atlantic coast when it hit the aging steel bridge, which was built in the 1930s and handles about 2,800 vehicles a day.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the collision. And it’s too early to speculate on exactly what caused the wreck until that probe is done, said Sam Sacco, a spokesman for ship owner and operator Foss Marine.

Sacco said the boat was not severely damaged, and some of the crew remained on the ship Friday afternoon to make sure the cargo is safe.

Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday said an immediate review of options to restore the bridge would take place.

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