Louisiana bridge closed after barge strike

(DONALDSONVILLE, La.) — The Sunshine Bridge, a major Mississippi River crossing in Louisiana's industrial corridor, was shut down early Friday morning after a barge crane struck the span, The Advocate reported.

Louisiana State Police reported the accident just before 3 a.m., and said the bridge was closed for emergency inspections. The bridge, which links Ascension and St. James parishes, will be closed until "further notice" until repairs are made, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said. 

St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said Friday morning that a crane on the barge was in the "up" position when it hit the underside of the bridge decking. The incident reportedly involved Marquette Transportation vessels.

Marquette Transportation President Damon Judd said in a statement Friday afternoon that incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. He said their were no injuries and "no impact to the environment."

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By Professional Mariner Staff