(BENTON, Ky.) — A cargo ship plowed through a Kentucky bridge, leaving a 300-foot gap in the middle of the structure and carrying off a load of the bridge’s asphalt and metal on the ship’s bow.
The 312-foot-long ship, the Delta Mariner, struck the Eggner Ferry Bridge in Benton, Ky., at about 9 p.m. on Thursday. The ship was too tall to pass under the structure, and destroyed two sections of the bridge.
Four cars were on the bridge and 20 workers were on the ship that was carrying rocket parts, but no one was injured.
Inspectors and emergency responders from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet rushed to the scene to assess the damage.
The bridge was in the process of being replaced.
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