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Divers To Examine Kentucky Bridge For Structural Damage

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TRIGG COUNRY, Ky. - Divers were expected to examine three piers at a damaged Kentucky bridge on Tuesday to see if they moved when a cargo ship struck it last week.

The Delta Mariner, operated by Foss Maritime, hit the Eggner Ferry Bridge in Trigg County last Thursday and tore off a 322 foot section of it. Divers To Examine Kentucky Bridge For Structural Damage

On Tuesday, specially trained divers will begin examining the base of the three bridge peers to determine if the force of the collision caused collateral damage to the bridge support structure. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet inspectors believe one of the piers may have moved as a result of the collision.

Officials said if the pier has moved there should be indications on the lake floor that can be detected.

Foss has submitted salvage plans to the Coast Guard to get the ship out of the way, so that the bridge can be repaired. They will have to remove the debris from the ship and from the lake in order to do that.

Two cranes have been brought to the site of the crash, and will begin the operation as soon as it's approved.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Delta Mariner tried to pass through what is known as the recreational channel, which has a lower clearance, instead of the shipping channel, which the vessel normally used.

There were also reports that some of the navigational lights were out.

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