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Barges Lodged Under Train Bridge After Striking Champ Clark Bridge

Lieutenant Sean Haley with the US Coast Guard tells KHQA that 5 barges broke free from a load of 15 barges headed down stream on the river after striking the Champ Clark Bridge shortly before 6 am.

Two barges are currently wedged under the train bridge on the Mississippi River near Louisiana, Missouri after striking the Champ Clark Bridge early Friday morning.

Lieutenant Sean Haley with the US Coast Guard Upper Mississippi Sector tells KHQA that a load of 15 barges being piloted down the river struck the Champ Clark Bridge shortly before 6 am.

Ingram Marine was navigating the barges down river.

5 barges broke free from the load after striking the Champ Clark Bridge.

Three of those barges have been recovered.

Lt. Haley says that the other two barges are currently wedged under the train bridge just south of the Champ Clark Bridge.

Ingram Marine is currently trying to free those barges.

Lt. Haley says they will continue to work until sunset to recover the barges.

Once those barges have been recovered, the entire load will be taken to St. Louis for repairs.

The railroad bridge is currently closed.

It will remain closed until the barges can be removed and the bridge is inspected.

Marisa Brown Ellison with the Missouri Department of Transportation says they Champ Clark Bridge was inspected earlier today.

The bridge received no structural damage and remains open.

Champ Clark Bridge will be closed for its annual inspection between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting Monday, June 12th through Thursday, June 15th.

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