Photo courtesy of Highway Dept.
News of bridge work is probably the last thing most want to hear about, but several agencies responded to the report of a sinking barge on the Tennessee River at the construction site for the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge between Paducah and Ledbetter Sunday morning.
An employee of C.J. Mahan Construction, the contractor on the main span of the new bridge, was checking on equipment at the site yesterday and found a crane barge was taking on water.
He immediately alerted additional Mahan employees, the Coast Guard, and the nearby James Marine Shipyard. A harbor boat from James Marine responded with pumps in an effort to save the barge and 280 ft. crane it supported.
Work on the New US 60 Tennessee River Bridge had shut down for the Memorial Day weekend and a check of the site Saturday turned up no problems.
Several nearby barges containing steel, other construction materials, and equipment were moved to the other side of the river and the listing crane barge was positioned to allow it to settle on the bottom near the Livingston County shoreline.
Engineers were optimistic the crane mounted on the deck would remain above the waterline, but placed booms around the area to prevent oil from seeping into the river should the barge settle lower than expected.
Clarksville Police have released the name of the biker who was killed in a wreck early Saturday morning.
Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says the man found lying on Autumnwood Blvd barely breathing around 3am Saturday and who later died at Gateway Medical Center was 30-year old Franklin Evan Wadsworth of Clarksville. There were no witnesses to the incident, so police are not sure exactly when the wreck happened.
The preliminary investigation determined Wadsworth was on Hazelwood St when he ran into a yard and was ejected from his motorcycle onto Autumnwood. A passing motorist eventually found him and called 911.
A single vehicle wreck on Peachers Mill Road in Clarksville Sunday morning sent the driver to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Clarksville Police say that incident happened around 3:15am , when 33-year old Marlon Blackmon of Clarksville crossed the center line, went off the road, struck a curb and school crossing sign, sideswiped a utility pole, hit a wooden post, went down an embankment and the vehicle rolled onto its roof.
Blackmon was flown to Vanderbilt, where he is listed in stable condition. Police say charges are pending in the case.
Alcohol was allegedly involved in a single-vehicle wreck that injured a woman in Muhlenberg County Saturday night.
The report from Kentucky State Police says 46-year old Juanita Crawley of Central City was southbound on Holt Road when she ran off the road and hit a tree.
Crawley was treated and released from Muhlenberg Community Hospital and was then arrested and charged with DUI.
A single-vehicle wreck on Dawson Springs Road Saturday night sent the young driver to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The call went out a little after 6pm of a vehicle off the road and in a deep ditch near the 5700 block of Dawson Road. Christian County Rescue Squad Chief Randy Graham said his crew cut the victim from the wreckage and said he was able to communicate with them through the process.
The Kentucky New Era identifies the victim as 19-year old Erik Harris and quotes officials as saying his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. Officials at Vanderbilt listed Harris in stable condition. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office worked the wreck and will have the official report.