Runaway barges close bridge on Monongahela

(PITTSBURGH) — Seventeen barges broke free from a facility on the Monongahela River on Wednesday and lodged against a railroad bridge, prompting officials to close the span, Trib Live News reported. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said the empty barges floated for less than a half mile before hitting the bridge between North Versailles and Duquesne. The names of the facility and barge owner have not been confirmed.

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By Professional Mariner Staff