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    Re: Baton Rouge - Barges get loose on river, two hit bridge

    Mississippi River bridge hit by barges in Baton Rouge has reopened

    Published: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 5:30 PM Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 6:48 PM

    By The Associated Press The Times-Picayune


    A highway bridge over the Mississippi River that was struck by two runaway barges has been reopened after inspectors gave it a safety check.

    The U.S. Highway 190 bridge at Baton Rouge was opened about 4 p.m., hours after the Saturday afternoon accident, according to state transportation department spokeswoman Jodi Conachen.

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  • Mississippi River bridge hit by barges in Baton Rouge has reopened

    Barges get loose on river, two hit bridge

    By Joshua Auzenne, Web Staff - email

    <!--END WNStoryHeader-->BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

    Authorities said 25 barges dislodged in Baton Rouge north of the Huey P. Long Bridge (old bridge) Saturday afternoon.

    Officials said two of the barges hit the bridge.

    The bridge has been closed in both directions as a precaution.

    Officials added all 25 barges have been contained and no longer pose a threat.

    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is inspecting the bridge to find out if it has been damaged.

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    A total of 25 barges dislodged in Baton Rouge near the Huey P. Long Bridge, two of them hitting the bridge. All barges have been contained.
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