Barge Accident Closes Ironton-Russell Bridge Near Kentucky Ohio Border

Posted in Barge Accidents,Kentucky Maritime News,Ohio Maritime News on January 2, 2013

RUSSELL, KY. — The Ironton and Russell police departments closed the Ironton-Russell Bridge immediately after a barge struck the bridge on Saturday, Dec. 29.

Ironton-Russell Bridge in Russell, KY was closed after being struck by a barge on Dec 29, 2012. Photo credit: Ironton Tribune

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the barge accident occurred at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday evening involving a barge owned by Superior Marine. The media reported that the Ohio Department of Transportation has since put up barricades to deter motorists.

Map showing location of the Ironton-Russell Bridge in Russell, KY that was the site of a barge accident on December 29, 2012.

According to the Greenup County KY. 911 Dispatch, an inspector is expected to come out Monday, Dec. 31, to examine the 90-year-old bridge which will remain closed at least until that time.

The U.S. Coast Guard out of Huntington cleared the barge to leave the scene, according to a report provided Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

Blog post by barge injury lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP