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Barge hits Champ Clark Bridge, structure safe

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Submitted photo of barges stuck on the rail bridge south of the Champ Clark Bridge. Submitted photo of barges stuck on the rail bridge south of the Champ Clark Bridge.
LOUISIANA, Mo. (WGEM) -

The Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, was deemed safe Friday after being hit by a barge earlier in the morning.

"The bridge is open and there is no damage to the highway," Marisa Brown Ellison, customer relations manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Lt. Sean Haley with the U.S. Coast Guard said at approximately 5:45 a.m. Friday morning the Coast Guard received a call that a load of 15 barges struck the Champ Clark Bridge causing 5 of the barges to break away. 

Haley said 14 of the barges were carrying dry cargo while the other was an empty tank barge. He said 2 of the barges are downstream pushed up against the Louisiana Railway Bridge waiting to be picked up. 

The company hauling the barges, Ingram Marine Group is responsible for retrieving the loose barges, according to Haley.

Haley said the Coast Guard is investigating what caused the accident. 

Brown Ellison said during the incident Thursday night, ten barges broke away. She said all barges were under control as of Friday morning.

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