Coast Guard investigating after barge strikes bridge on Missouri River - KMOV.com

Coast Guard investigating after barge strikes bridge on Missouri River

(KMOV.com) -- The Coast Guard is investigating after a barge struck a bridge over the Missouri River on Saturday.

Lt. Colin Fogarty said large debris traveling down the river struck a work barge anchored near the 370 Bridge around noon. The barge, which had a crane attached, then collided with the bridge.

Fogarty said the bridge did not appear to sustain any damage. MoDOT temporarily closed the bridge, but most lanes reopened after several hours.

Officials did not say whether anyone was on the barge at the time of the collision, but no injuries have been reported. The barge remains pinned to the shore until tugboats can move it to a safe location.

Fogarty said it's unusual to have such large debris moving down the river. He said last summer's drought conditions, along with recent flooding, have lead to increased debris in the river.

MoDOT said crews would continue assessing bridge safety through Saturday evening.

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