Bridge that collapsed last year hit by towboat

BENTON, Ky. (AP) - State transportation officials say a western Kentucky bridge that partially collapsed last year after being struck by a ship was closed Friday after it was hit by a towboat.

Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, says a gust of wind blew the towboat into a pier of the Eggner's Ferry Bridge just after 3 p.m. CDT. There were no reported injuries.

The bridge is an entry to the western side of Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area along U.S. 68/Kentucky 80.

An 8,200-ton cargo ship hit it on Jan. 26, 2012, causing a 322-foot section to collapse into the Tennessee River. It reopened to automobiles last May.

Todd says winds were gusting at about 30 mph at the time.

The bridge is expected to reopen Friday night.

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