Barge Hits Texas Bridge

A barge rammed into the structure of a bridge near Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday, May 15. The crash caused oil to flow into waters in the busy shipping channel. The accident also closed the sole road to a neighboring island. No injuries were reported.

Pieces of the bridge connecting Galveston to Pelican Island, fell into the water as well as on top of the barge. The waterway was shut down so clean could take place. One man was knocked off the vessel and into the water. He was picked up and was not injured, according to Maj. Ray Nolen of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Experts said the collision was note likely to cause much economic disruption since it occurred in a smaller, less important waterway. The incident happened on the opposite side of Galveston Island’s beaches.