Barge Crashes Into Galveston Bridge, Resulting in Partial Collapse and Oil Spill [Video]

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The strange new trend of barges crashing into bridges recently has sparked speculation that U.S. infrastructure could be under attack.

While crews are still clearing the wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, there have been at least two more barge-to-bridge collisions.

In March, a large barge slammed into the Arkansas River Bridge in Salisaw, Oklahoma, causing damage to the bridge pillar and the ship.

Last Month, another large container ship lost power dangerously close to the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge near NYC.

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On Wednesday morning, a barge collided with the Pelican Island Bridge in Galveston, Texas, causing a partial collapse of the bridge and an oil or chemical spill.

Fortunately, no injuries have been reported thus far.

The cause of the collision remains unclear.


Fox 26 Houston reported:

The Pelican Island Bridge is shut down to traffic after it was struck by a barge on Wednesday morning, officials say.

The bridge connects Pelican Island to Galveston, and Pelican Island is currently inaccessible by vehicle.

Galveston officials say there were no reports of injuries in the collision that occurred around 10 a.m.

SkyFOX video from the scene shows that debris from the bridge, including a section of the railroad tracks, fell onto the barge.

Galveston officials say the collision resulted in an oil spill in the bay. The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to determine the extent of the spill and initiate the containment and cleanup process.

More footage of the aftermath of the collision via Fox 26:

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