Louisiana rail bridge stuck in up position after towboat strike

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(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard is responding following a maritime accident involving a railroad bridge near Slidell, La., on Wednesday.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a notification at about 1 a.m. stating the inspected towing vessel Robert Cenac reportedly hit the Rigolets railroad bridge near Slidell. The swing bridge, owned by CSX Transportation, is currently stuck in the open position, and the waterway is still open to marine traffic.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

For any inquiries regarding bridge damage, contact CSX Public Affairs via email, mediateam@csx.com, or phone, (855) 955-6397.

– U.S. Coast Guard

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M/V Robert Cenac. Bill Word photo
By Professional Mariner Staff