St. Louis Public Radio News
10:25 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Barge hits Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating why a barge hit a Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis, causing four barges to briefly break free but leaving no apparent structural damage to the span.

Officials say the accident involving the Martin Luther King
Bridge and the barge operated by Marquette Transportation happened
shortly after 2 a.m. Monday.

A bridge pier was hit. And though officials say the bridge
sustained no significant damage and was open to morning commuters
between St. Louis and southwestern Illinois, engineers planned to
inspect the bridge later Monday.