Overnight a tow boat pushing 12 empty barges rubbed up against one of the piers on the US 41 Twin Bridges at Henderson.
According to the US Coast Guard Operations Center in Louisville, the Motor Vessel H.B. Stewart was downbound on the Ohio River when it reported that wind blew the tow into the right upper left descending pier of the bridges at 1:26 a.m., CST.
The pilot indicated the tow "rubbed" the pier. Due to the light impact, the Coast Guard did not order the bridge closed to vehicular traffic. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet inspectors will be at the bridge at daylight to check the pier for signs of damage.
The Coast Guard will be interviewing the crew of the tow boat by phone. The pilot will be required to fill out a USCG form 2692 which is a Report of Marine Casualty describing the incident.
The H.B. Stewart is owned by Ingram Barge Lines headquartered in Nashville.
Inspectors will be checking with the Kentucky Transportation Research Center to see if the impact was significant enough to be picked up by sensors on the bridge. The bridge is one of only two in the nation to have impact sensors.
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