The tow was two-barges-wide-by-four-barges-long and was carrying loaded rock. The first two barges were damaged. One barge has sunk and the other is listing due to being covered by a portion of the collapsed bridge. The tanks on the listing barge have been inspected for leaks and it is not taking on water.
Currently there is a 500-yard safety zone on both sides of the bridge.
While the investigation is still ongoing, initial reports show that the master of the towing vessel was properly licensed.
Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call from the Department of Marine Resources for the state of Mississippi at approximately 7:40 a.m., reporting that the bridge had collapsed onto the barges of the towing vessel.
25-foot smallboat and crew from Station Gulfport, Miss.
There have been no reports of injuries or pollution.
Coast Guard investigators and pollution investigators are on the scene of the collapse.