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Detroit Bridge Comes Down on Ship Now in Twin Ports

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Herbert C. Jackson
Herbert C. Jackson

DETROIT, MI (KDAL) - When the Herbert C. Jackson arrived to the Twin Ports with a load of coal yesterday, it was a little dinged-up. That's because of a run-in it had with the Jefferson Street bridge in Detroit, according to a transcript between the ship's captain and the coast guard available on YouTube. The incident happened early in the morning on Sunday, May 12. The bridge had reportedly been up awaiting the ship but closed moments before the Jackson was set to pass underneath. In the transcript, the captain told the coast guard he immediately dropped anchor and attempted to reverse, but that it had been too late and he had hit the bridge. He reported only minor damage to the ship, but that the bridge was more-severely damaged. Later in the transcript, the captain told the coast guard that police investigating had arrested the bridge operator on suspicion of being intoxicated.

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