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Ship Carrying Rocket Parts, Hits Kentucky Bridge

February 12, 2012 by staff 

Ship Carrying Rocket Parts, Hits Kentucky Bridge, The bow of the Delta Mariner is covered in twisted steel and chunks of asphalt from the two-lane bridge it hit Thursday night.

The bow of the Delta Mariner was covered in twisted steel and chunks of asphalt from the two-lane bridge. The boat hit the bridge Thursday night on the Tennessee River on its way to Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has promised speedy work to begin replacing the structure, formerly known as Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. The five-story high Delta Mariner was too tall to pass through the portion of the bridge that it struck, and the resulting collision left a 300-foot wide gap.

“We were very fortunate that no one was on the span at that time,” Beshear said Friday.

No injuries were reported on the bridge or boat, which was carrying space rocket parts from Decatur, Ala., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The ship was traveling 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.

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