Eggners Ferry Bridge back open after being hit by barge

MARSHALL-TRIGG COUNTY LINE, KY (KFVS) - The US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge is back open to traffic after a tow boat pushing several empty barges hit one of the bridge piers. Officials say there was no structural damage.

According to the US Coast Guard, the Motor Vessel "Evey T" was headed downstream on the Tennessee River/Kentucky Lane when a gust of wind blew the tow into the right descending pier on the main channel just after 3 p.m.

A spokesperson for the Ky. Transportation Cabinet says the Evey T is owned by Ingram Barge Company.  It was pushing 24 empty hopper barges at the time of the incident.  The pilot reported a gust of wind blew the tow into a pier with a glancing blow.

Kentucky State Police and deputies have been dispatched to close the bridge as a precaution.

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bridge inspector ran a safety check on the bridge structure.

The Eggner's Ferry Bridge is at US 68 Marshall County mile marker 28.146 and Trigg County mile point 0.0 at the western entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

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