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Officials: River bridge OK after barge collision

NATCHEZ — Officials in Natchez say the Mississippi River Bridge suffered no major damage after being struck by barges carrying coal.

Adams County Emergency Management director Stan Owens tells The Natchez Democrat that the speed of the water — which stood about 18 inches above flood stage — was a contributing factor to how hard the bridge’s center pillar was hit Tuesday.

Officials say inspections found no problems that would make the bridge unsafe. They say a pier suffered some minor scrapes.

Two barges from the American Commercial Lines Inc. sank.

Officials say one barge is directly under the bridge, sitting right on the sailing line, but in deep water. The other barge is downriver a bit on the right descending bank. Officials say there is no danger to river traffic.

Source: The Natchez Democrat

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