The U.S. Coast Guard is now on the scene where a Delta Mariner crashed into Eggner’s Ferry Bridge late last night.
According to Kentucky Transportation spokesman Keith Todd, Coast Guard officials are determining whether or not the ocean going cargo vessel was traveling in the right channel.
The transportation official says the vessel makes fairly regular runs in this area.
Few details have been released concerning the vessel, however, reports indicate it was either traveling to or from Decatur and its last known port was in New Orleans.
51-year old Robert Parker of Cadiz told the Associated Press earlier today that he and his wife were traveling northbound on the highway after his stepson’s house in Murray and were driving in the rain when they suddenly realized a section of the bridge was missing and hit his brakes.
The Cadiz man also stated he was able to hit his brakes within 5 feet of the missing section and that several cars were behind him.
Officials say roughly 2,800 motorists travel on the bridge everyday and Keith Todd says a pre-construction phase is underway to replace the bridge.