Barges hit railroad bridge at Vicksburg, 3rd day straight
VICKSBURG, Miss. - For the third day in a row, barges have hit a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River near Vicksburg.
The Coast Guard says it's evaluating ways to reduce the chance of future accidents, after three in three days.
A news release says the barges all apparently stayed in their tow and the river remained open to traffic after Thursday's 7:44 a.m. accident.
The old U.S. 80 bridge will remain closed until state and Vicksburg Bridge Commission inspectors have checked it for damage.
Four barges carrying coal sank on Tuesday after a towboat pushing 22 barges hit the bridge Tuesday.
On Wednesday, a grain barge sank after a towboat pushing 25 barges drifted sideways at the bend north of Vicksburg, and a barge clipped a bridge pier.