The U.S. Coast Guard began hearings in Paducah today regarding the partial collapse of the Eggners Ferry Bridge.
Today was the first day of the hearings with representatives from Foss Maritime Company and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in attendance at Paducah City Hall.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Engineer Supervisor Thomas Hines Jr. was first to testify, as seen on WPSD Paducah's website, and spoke about his duties on the night of January 26th, when a large cargo vessel, the Delta Mariner crashed into the Eggners Ferry Bridge, knocking out a 322 span on the decades old bridge.
Coast Guard officials then questioned Hines about when he was informed that three white lights on the bridge were out on the night of January 26th and Hines stated he was informed the day after the collision.
Hines then went onto describe the events that took place after the collision and he stated crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet worked around the clock to prohibit traffic on the bridge and began work to determine the stability of the bridge.
The Coast Guard and the National Transportation and Safety Board are both investigating the incident and the hearing is scheduled to take place throughout this week at 7:15 each morning.