I got word from a friend that a barge hit the bridges going southbound yesterday afternoon. I took off to the Mississippi River but saw no action except for some tugboats out in the river. I found out that the M/V Jeffery G with a 30-barge tow struck the old U.S. 80 bridge around 2:00 with a grain barge carrying corn sinking.
It struck pier 4 which is on the Louisiana side of the bridge. The railroad bridge was closed while a bridge engineer examined the pier and reopened it. The 30 barges in the tow broke free and one of them sank following the collision. The other barges were corralled with help from Ergon Marine. The Sheriff said that there is no danger to the public and no hazardous material involved. The M/V Jeffrey G is part of the Marquette Transportation Company's river fleet with a homeport of St. Louis, Missouri.
The American Queen slipping past the sunken barge for an early Vicksburg landing. Photo by Paul Ingram
Photo by Paul Ingram
Video by Paul Ingram
I took this picture of the American Queen this afternoon while looking down towards the Children's Art Park At Catfish Row. Her passengers enjoyed a beautiful warm day of touring our historic civil war town of Vicksburg: The Key To The South!
Sunday - May 20, 2018 pictures of the torn up barge by Paul Ingram.
Barge pushed to the west bank on Lousiana side. The bridge pier won this one!