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Barges hit the Old Vicksburg Bridge this morning

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Barge on the Mississippi (Photo by Dirk from San Diego, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5387312)

The Old Mississippi River Bridge at Vicksburg was struck by barges this morning at around 7:34 a.m.

Warren County Bridge Superintendent Herman Smith said the Motor Vessel Jason W. Nyberg was southbound when the collision occurred. The barges struck pier 4 on the 92-year-old structure.

The Nyberg was pushing 10 empty and two loaded tank barges, and the collision caused the tow to break apart. Vessels from Ergon Marine responded and captured the barges south of the Vicksburg bridges. No barges sank as the result of the incident, and there have been no reported injuries.

Smith added that train traffic has been halted on the Old Vicksburg Bridge until a bridge engineer can complete an inspection for damage.

The Nyberg is owned by Marquette Transportation of Paducah, Ky.

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