January 27, 2012 | Ken Reed

Rocket Barge Hits Bridge in Kentucky

The Delta Mariner struck the Eggner Ferry Bridge in southwest Kentucky, knocking down 2 spans of the bridge.  Motorists almost didn’t notice the missing spans as they came up to it in the dark.

The barge is designed to carry Delta 4 and Atlas V rocket stages from the assembly plant in Decatur, Alabama.  No word if there were any rocket components on board.

A later report indicates that the barge took the wrong channel.  It apparently attempted to use the recreational channel (for small private boats), instead of using the main navigational channel. 

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