CAIRO, Ill. - The US 51/US 60/US 62 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe and Cairo is closed at this time due to a barge hit.
According to the US Coast Guard reports the Motor Vessel Louis S was headed downstream and slowed to enter an fleeting area on the Kentucky shore near the bridge when the second barge in a 15 barge tow scraped against the Kentucky pier. he pilot estimated he was going about 3 miles per hour when the hit occurred at 5:55 p.m. Thursday.
The Coast Guard indicated the tow included 15 barges of "dry cargo" with no hazardous materials on board.
A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bridge inspector is en route and expected at the bridge in about 15 minutes. An inspection of the structure is expected to take about an hour to complete. For safety, all traffic on the bridge has been halted until the inspection is completed.