Tugboat Crashes into Va. Bridge

August 13, 2010

A construction tug hit a railroad bridge in Chesapeake and damaged sensors that control closing the span.

The Coast Guard says bridge's fender system was struck Thursday morning as the tug was working on building a new bridge at the site. The damage left the railroad bridge stuck open for more than an hour, while the adjacent Gilmerton Bridge was unaffected.

The Gilmerton Bridge spans the South Branch of the Elizabeth River. The Coast Guard says the waterway remained open to vessels.

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