Barge Hits Louisiana Bridge

October 28, 2011

The Chef Menteur Pass bridge in New Orleans is closed after a barge hit the structure Wednesday.

The Coast Guard says a cement barge being towed by the Shannan C and Portier I struck the bridge about 11:15 a.m. The accident has closed the waterway indefinitely to marine traffic near the bridge on the Industrial Canal.

Authorities say damage to the bridge was estimated at about $100,000. Currently, officials say the bridge is stuck in the open position.

Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Thomas Hedden says investigators are working to determine what caused the accident.

There were no reports of pollution or injuries.

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