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Kentucky bridge collapses after being struck by cargo ship

State officials are inspecting what's left of a southwestern Kentucky bridge that partially collapsed when it was struck by a cargo ship that was too tall to pass under the structure. Two spans of the Eggner Ferry Bridge at US 68 and Kentucky 80 were destroyed Thursday night by the Delta Mariner. No injuries were reported on the bridge or in the boat.

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Jan. 27, 2012: Pieces of the Eggner Ferry Bridge on U.S. 68 at Aurora, Ky., can be seen strewn across the front of the motor vessel Delta Mariner as it sits at the site of a Thursday accident. The huge cargo ship, carrying aviation parts, struck the main span of the bridge Thursday evening. Two spans of the heavily-traveled bridge collapsed. According to initial reports, there were no injuries and no cars on the bridge at the time of the accident. The bridge carries approximately 2,800 vehicles across the lake per day. (AP/Murray Ledger & Times, Greg Travis)

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Jan. 27, 2012: A rear section of the motor vessel Delta Mariner can be seen protruding from a section of the U.S. 68 Eggner Ferry Bridge at Aurora, Ky. The huge cargo ship, carrying aviation parts, struck the main span of the bridge Thursday evening. Two spans of the heavily-traveled bridge collapsed. According to initial reports, there were no injuries and no cars on the bridge at the time of the accident. The bridge carries approximately 2,800 vehicles across the lake per day. (AP/Murray Ledger & Times, Greg Travis)

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Jan. 27, 2012: The Delta Mariner is idle at the US68/KY80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge, with two destroyed spans of the bridge draped over her bow, on Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky. The vessel struck the bride Thursday night, causing a portion of the bridge to collapse onto the bow. The road that connects Land Between the Lakes and Aurora has been closed. (AP/Stephen Lance Dennee)

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Jan. 27, 2012: The Delta Mariner is idle at the US68/KY80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge, with two destroyed spans of the bridge draped over her bow, on Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky. The vessel struck the bride Thursday night, causing a portion of the bridge to collapse onto the bow. The road that connects Land Between the Lakes and Aurora has been closed. (AP/Stephen Lance Dennee)

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Jan. 27, 2012: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crew member Joey Terrell directs loader operator Johnny Meredith to lift a concrete blockade to be placed on the US68/KY80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge on Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky. The Delta Mariner struck the bride Thursday night causing a portion of the bridge to collapse onto the ship's bow. The road that connects Land Between the Lakes and Aurora has been closed. (AP/Stephen Lance Dennee)

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Kentucky bridge collapses after being struck by cargo ship

State officials are inspecting what's left of a southwestern Kentucky bridge that partially collapsed when it was struck by a cargo ship that was too tall to pass under the structure. Two spans of the Eggner Ferry Bridge at US 68 and Kentucky 80 were destroyed Thursday night by the Delta Mariner. No injuries were reported on the bridge or in the boat.

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