Inspection starts on Ky. bridge hit by cargo ship

January 27, 2012 - 9:45 AM
Bridge Collapse

The Delta Mariner, an ocean freight vessel sits under the collapsed 200-foot segment of the Eggner's Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake Thursday Jan. 26, 2012. The Delta Mariner struck the main span of the Eggner Ferry Bridge on Thursday evening at U.S. Highway 68 and Kentucky Highway 80, said Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. (AP Photo/Kylie, The Murray State News) MANDATORY CREDIT

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — State officials are inspecting what's left of a southwestern Kentucky bridge that collapsed after a cargo ship carrying aviation parts struck it.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says inspectors began the in-depth review of the Eggner Ferry Bridge at U.S. Highway 68 and Kentucky Highway 80 at daylight Friday.

The Delta Mariner struck the main span Thursday evening. No injuries were reported.

Officials say the bridge is closed to traffic, causing vehicles needing to cross the Kentucky Lake reservoir and the Tennessee River to be detoured for dozens of miles. The Coast Guard also blocked access to boat traffic at the bridge site.