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Barge hits Galveston bridge damaging the structure and causing an oil spill

A barge hit a bridge in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday, spilling oil into surrounding waters and closing the only road to a small island, officials said.

Barge crashed into bridge

A bridge that leads to Pelican Island, located just north of Galveston, was hit by a barge around 9:30 a.m., said Ronnie Varela, with the Galveston’s Office of Emergency Management. Varela did not have any immediate information on damage to the bridge or if there were any injuries.

Varela said the collision caused an oil spill and that crews were working to clean it up. The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office told KTRK that a large piece of the bridge fell. Pictures broadcast by KTRK showed pieces of concrete on the barge.

Barge smashed into bridge

(Source: AP NEWS)

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Incident Occurred

May 15 2024

Alert Posted

May 15 2024


Galveston, Texas




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