Florida bridge closed indefinitely after 'significant hit' by cargo ship (with AUDIO)


(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A cargo ship being towed on the St. Johns River struck the underside of the Mathews Bridge on Thursday afternoon, resulting in structural damage that has closed the bridge indefinitely, the Florida Times-Union reported. The 754-foot USNS 1st Lt. Harry L. Martin, a ro-ro vessel assigned to the Military Sealift Command, was carrying cars for Patriot Contract Services when the incident occurred. The ship sustained damage to its stern ramp, according to an MSC spokeswoman.

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By Professional Mariner Staff