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Raw: Barge hits MLK bridge

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(KMOV.com) - A barge struck the MLK Bridge Thursday night, resulting in two bridge closures in downtown St. Louis.

The barge hit a bridge support beam Thursday afternoon.  Barge traffic on the Mississippi River has been shut down as a result.  

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IDOT and the Illinois State Police closed the MLK Bridge around 5:30 Thursday evening.  St. Louis City Police closed the Eads Bridge shortly after.

Witnesses on the scene reported seeing the barge strike the Eads Bridge, but officials have not confirmed that.

A witness told News 4 the barge approached the bridge at an odd angle. Another witness said the barge crashing into the bridge "sounded like an explosion."

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