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Coast Guard investigates after barges hit Memorial Bridge

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The Coast Guard is investigating what caused a group of barges to hit the Memorial Bridge in Quincy Monday morning.

Ensign Dana Schmitt with the St. Louis Coast Guard said a towing vessel pulling 12 cargo barges hit the bridge at about 8:45 a.m. He said six barges went adrift in the incident, but they have since been recovered and placed in a barge fleet area.

Three barges were damaged, but officials are still inspecting to determine the extent of any damages, and the Memorial Bridge is still open to drivers.

Schmitt said the dry cargo barges were only carrying grain, so river pollution was not a concern in this case. He said the Coast Guard is working to interview the people involved in the incident, and while it's not a common issue, it does happen, as weather and the height of the river can play a role.

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