In what has to be described as a miracle, it appears no one was injured or killed when a barge struck the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake at the Trigg-Marshall County line tonight, causing a large section to collapse.
The incident happened right at 8:10, according to information from the Highway Department, which says the motor vessel Delta Mariner struck the bridge, knocking out a large section near the middle of the structure.
The captain of the vessel told Marshall County responders all of his 20 men were accounted for and uninjured. Initial searches by the Golden Pond Fire Department and Marshall County Rescue Squad using high-tech equipment including sonar turned up no vehicles under the water.
“So far as we know, there were no cars on the bridge at the time it went down,” said Keith Todd of the state highway Department.
"It (the barge) was pushing a large container vessel; I am told it holds aerospace aviation parts and somebody indicated it may have a NASA symbol on it.”
The bridge is, of course, closed and will cause major delays for anyone driving from the east to Murray or elsewhere on U.S. 68, with a much longer detour now necessary.
Crews will continue assessing the scene and agencies from across the state and region will converge on the bridge through the weekend to determine what went wrong and how.
The bridge was to be restricted to one lane most of the day Friday for electrical work to the navigational lights, but Todd said all of the lights appeared to be working correctly at the time of the collision.
The bridge is on the short list for upcoming replacement projects and it now undoubtedly jumps to priority number one, though no one wanted it to happen this way.
Click here to hear full interview with Keith Todd of the state highway department.
Click here to see a photo of the same ship going under the same bridge in July 2008.
Clarksville Police need your help in locating a missing person.
Police are trying to locate Brandon Davone Rushing of Clarksville, who was reported missing Tuesday.
According to police, the last time Rushing was heard from was Monday afternoon.
Family members, friends, and his fiancée have reportedly not seen or heard from him since, which they say is totally out of character for him.
Rushing’s fiancée old police he was the recipient of multiple threats.
Rushing is describes as a black male, with brown hair and eyes with a short beard and was last seen driving a Maroon 2006 Chevy Suburban with Tennessee license plates of 149 XLF.
Anyone with information about Rushing’s whereabouts are urged to call 931-645-8477.
A Republican has filed to run for the Ward 6 Hopkinsville City Council seat currently held by Democrat Ann Cherry.
Filing his papers today was Roger Richey, who is a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Hopkinsville.
Councilwoman Cherry has already filed her papers to seek a third term. She defeated incumbent Larry Gillette in 2008 and won a three-way primary against Gillette and Doug Colburn in 2010 for re-election.
Every State Representative race in Christian County but one is now contested after a Republican filed to run for the eighth district seat.
Filing his papers as a Republican with the Secretary of State’s office was Max Sturdivant, Jr. of 6040 Wainwright Drive, Hopkinsville. Sturdivant faces incumbent Democrat John Tilley in the general election, assuming both make it through the primary and both currently have no opponent in May.
On his website, Sturdivant says his goals are to lower taxes and decrease state spending, to create jobs and to protect the rights of the unborn.
Representative Tilley has voiced his intention to run for re-election and would be seeking a fourth term. He defeated incumbent Republican James Carr in 2006 to win his first term.