Raw: Bridge broken after barge collision on Mississippi River - KMOV.com

Raw: Bridge broken after barge collision on Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS (KMOV)—River traffic on the Mississippi River is currently shut down after a bridge was struck by a crane barge heading south on Thursday afternoon.

The Mercantile Bridge, just north of the McKinnley Bridge, was struck at 4:15 Thursday night when a boat transporting a large crane struck the underside of the bridge on the north side.

According to officials, the damage to the bridge was so great; the Coast Guard was called in to recommend river traffic closure and bridge closure options. Pipes and wires are hanging from the bridge due to the collision.

Train traffic is currently closed for the north tracks, with the south tracks open but with speed reductions.

The river is shut down for large barges but small vessels are allowed to travel through the area.

No word on what caused the barge to hit the bridge.

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