Vicksburg Bridge Being Checked After Being Hit By Tow

VICKSBURG, MS (Ben Caxton) — The iconic old U.S. 80 Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg is being inspected after it was struck by a towboat yesterday. The accident occurred around 5:00 AM Tuesday morning when a northbound tow struck two of the bridge’s piers scattering barges on the Mississippi River. Bridge superintendent Herman Smith told the Vicksburg Post newspaper that the Michael G. Morris was headed upriver between piers 4 and 5 when the river’s current pinned the tow against pier 4, causing the 28-barge tow to break. Sixteen of the barges broke off and swung around to strike pier 3. Smith said most of the barges in the tow were empty but did not know what the other barges were carrying. A crew of inspectors is examining piers 3, 4 and 5 for damage. Smith said they knew there was a scrape because they saw sparks on the video of the collision.


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