VICKSBURG, MS – A barge accident involving the Jeffrey G. Stover occurred Thursday morning on March 22 when the U.S. 80 bridge over the Mississippi River was hit numerous times after 33 of 35 grain barges broke loose from their tow.
The Jeffrey G. Stover, which is owned by AEP in Cape Girardeau, Mo., was pushing south when the break occurred and pier 4 was hit. The accident occurred about 5:45 a.m. Thursday, according to Bridge Superintendent Herman Smith who said that the cause of the strike was not evident from surveillance video.
The Republic reports:
All of the scattered barges had been recovered by midmorning, said Albert Smith, fleet manager at Ergon Marine and Industrial Supply, which routinely directs roundup and recovery in river accidents. The last block of barges was recovered about 8:45 a.m. about 12 miles south of the bridge near LeTourneau landing, he said.
None of the barges sank.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.