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River Reopened After Barge Hits Downed Power Lines

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – River traffic on the Cumberland River has begun flowing again after a barge hit a power line. 

Officials said the barge was hauling a tall crane that snagged power lines stretched across the waterway near 1130 Davidson Street just before 10 a.m. Thursday. The active lines snapped and fell onto the barge and into the water. 

The captain was still on the barge.

Power to the lines was shut down soon after, but rescue crews were waiting until the lines were completely deenergized before pulling the man off the vessel. 

Crews from the Nashville Electric Service, US Coast Guard, Metro Nashville Police Department and Davidson County Officer of Emergency Management were all on the scene.

They were staged behind Pine Bluff Materials facility on Visco Drive. 

Officials were proceeding with caution due to the possible electrical hazard.

After about four house other vessels allowed to travel past the scene. 

Information about any injuries was not available.

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