Galveston Pelican Island Bridge Collapse: Barge Hits Railway Portion With Reports Of Chemical Leak | VIDEO

Galveston Bridge in Texas' Pelican Island was hit by a barge on Tuesday causing a traffic jam in the area.
Galveston Pelican Island Bridge Collapse: Barge Hits Railway Portion With Reports Of Chemical Leak | VIDEO

A portion of the bridge collapsed in Pelican Island.

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Galveston Bridge in Texas' Pelican Island was hit by a barge on Tuesday causing a traffic jam in the area. It was not yet clear if anyone was present on the structure during the time of the crash. However, there were no immediate reports of anyone getting injured, as per the authorities in Galveston. Local media confirmed that the big barge spilled oil into surrounding waters after it got itself hammered into the bridge. The accident was dubbed as one that led to a chemical leak in the area amid the closure of the only road to a small island.
The Pelican Island Bridge was announced as closed and the traffic departed after a portion of its structure collapsed in the morning. The bridge that connects Pelican Island to Galveston and Pelican Island was struck by a large barge at around 9:30 am, per local time. The officials confirmed to the media personnel on the ground that the bridge is currently inaccessible by vehicle.
After a preliminary investigation, it was found that the accident happened following a tugboat operator losing control of barges while pushing them further. These details were shared by a bridge superintendent named David Flores. “The current was very bad, and the tide was high, and He lost it,” he remarked.
Another accident of a similar nature took place in Baltimore few weeks ago. A cargo ship rammed into a support column of the Francis Key Bridge, killing six construction workers.
The barge that crashed into the bridge earlier today was owned by Martin Petroleum. With a 30,000-gallon capacity, the spillover caused due to the accident required a temporary halt to the stretch for the crews to clean the area. According to Flores, the tugboat in Texas was towing bunker barges, or fuel barges for ships.
Although the ports on the Texas coast serve as important hubs for global trade, analysts predicted that because the crash happened in a less-traveled river, there would not likely be significant economic effects. It was not clear how much time it would take to do the cleanup.
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