Runaway barges close Pittsburgh bridges

PITTSBURGH – The towboat Marge McFarlin, owned and operated by Ingram Barge Company, lost control of two loaded coal barges last Thursday night after running against the Liberty Highway Bridge here on the Monongahela River. The two barges then struck a third barge, causing it to come loose as well. 

According to Coast Guard reports, one barge sank near the Fort Pitt Bridge, the other two came to rest at the foot of the Smithfield Street Bridge. 

The accident resulted in bridge closures that luckily were in the middle of the night and didn’t cause widespread traffic jams. However, many commuters were affected, as noted in this video report on the accident by WTAE (embedding of the video was disallowed).

For a full report by local CBS affiliate KDKA, watch the following video:

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