Barge slams into MLK Bridge

By St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — No one was injured early Monday when a barge on the Mississippi River hit the Martin Luther King Bridge.

Joel Coffman, with the U.S. Coast Guard, said the accident happened about 2:10 a.m. Monday.

The barge was being operated by Marquette Transportation. The cause of the crash is under investigation, Coffman said.

“The barge was coming down through St. Louis and struck the bridge. Four barges broke loose but were quickly caught,” Coffman said.

A bridge pier was struck, and the bridge itself did not suffer significant damage so the bridge remains open for the morning commute. Engineers will be at the bridge later Monday for a more detailed inspection.

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