Hearings with the U.S. Coast Guard and Foss Maritime regarding the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge incident continue this week in Paducah, with an audio recording of the crash played this morning.
There were three microphones on the cargo vessel recording various aspects of the journey, much in the same way as a plane has a “black box.” Also like an airplane, the vessel carried a data recorder that mapped the ship’s exact location and trajectory as it approached the bridge on the Trigg-Marshall County line.
A 20 minute recording was played, as heard on WPSD TV’s streaming coverage on its website, with the vessel’s crew talking about financial investments for the first few minutes.
The first mention of the bridge is made a few minutes before the wreck, before an extremely loud crash that lasts for about 12 seconds.
In the two minutes preceding the incident, the ship’s senior crew discussed which lights looked to be “higher,” trying to decide between green and red ones.
Much of the discussion so far has been about which lights were working and which ones were not, with what role or lack of a role that could have played in the incident.
No one was injured when a 322-foot span of the bridge was knocked out by the vessel, with motorists having to find a detour around the bridge since that night.