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Officials: Portion of SW Ky. bridge collapses
Officials: 2 spans of SW Ky. bridge collapse after struck by cargo ship, no injuries reported
By The Associated Press

BENTON, Ky. (AP) ' Two spans of a southwest Kentucky bridge collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship that carried aviation parts. State transportation officials say no injuries were immediately reported.

Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, says the Delta Mariner struck the main span of the Eggner Ferry Bridge on Thursday evening at U.S. Highway 68 and Kentucky Highway 80. State inspectors were on their way to determine how much of the bridge was damaged.

Todd says there also were no injuries on the boat. He was unable to say where the ship was traveling when it hit the bridge.

Officials say the bridge was closed to traffic, causing vehicles needing to cross the Kentucky Lake reservoir and the Tennessee River to be detoured for dozens of miles.

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