MS River traffic shut down after barges hit Vicksburg bridge - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

MS River reopens following barge accident

Officials say the bridge has some scarring, but didn't sustain any significant damage when it was hit. (Source: Bryan Curtis) Officials say the bridge has some scarring, but didn't sustain any significant damage when it was hit. (Source: Bryan Curtis)
Other barges are backed up on the river because the channel is currently closed. Other barges are backed up on the river because the channel is currently closed.
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi River re-opened Monday morning in Vicksburg after barges hit the old U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge.

Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says that there was enough water covering a barge that sank Sunday to allow other vessels to safely pass through.

After the river re-opened at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the coast guard began clearing 119 southbound vessels first and then planned to move 233 waiting northbound vessels.

The U.S. Coast Guard closed the River after a tow with about 30 barges hit the old Highway 80 bridge shortly before noon Sunday.

Officials say the railroad bridge has some scarring, but didn't sustain any significant damage when it was hit.

The bridge is used for rail traffic. It has not carried vehicle traffic since 1998.

Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved. AP contributed to this report.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Bright Idea: City focuses on improvements to help make Hattiesburg safer

    Bright Idea: City focuses on improvements to help make Hattiesburg safer

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:01 PM EST2018-02-21 23:01:37 GMT
    Since November, city council has approved nearly a dozen requests from Mayor Toby Barker for new lighting contracts to add or improve fixtures around the Hub City. (Photo source: WDAM)Since November, city council has approved nearly a dozen requests from Mayor Toby Barker for new lighting contracts to add or improve fixtures around the Hub City. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The City of Hattiesburg is hoping the future of the community is brighter, and safer. 

    More >>

    The City of Hattiesburg is hoping the future of the community is brighter, and safer. 

    More >>
  • Senate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

    Senate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:37 PM EST2018-02-21 22:37:18 GMT
    Senate Republicans support school funding set in House billSenate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

    The next version of a bill to change Mississippi's education funding formula won't immediately increase proposed funding levels for schools, but might adjust funding upward sooner than the seven years the House proposes. 

    More >>

    The next version of a bill to change Mississippi's education funding formula won't immediately increase proposed funding levels for schools, but might adjust funding upward sooner than the seven years the House proposes. 

    More >>
  • Carey ‘steals’ 13-6 victory over Vermont St. Joe’s

    Carey ‘steals’ 13-6 victory over Vermont St. Joe’s

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-21 22:35:04 GMT

    William Carey University banged out 13 hits and swiped 12 bases Tuesday to overwhelm visiting College of St. Joseph’s of Vermont 13-6 at Milton Wheeler Field. 

    More >>

    William Carey University banged out 13 hits and swiped 12 bases Tuesday to overwhelm visiting College of St. Joseph’s of Vermont 13-6 at Milton Wheeler Field. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly