Barge crashes into bridge in Texas, causing oil spill

Barge crashes into bridge in Texas, causing oil spill

A barge crashed into a bridge Wednesday in Galveston, Texas, spilling oil into surrounding waters and closing the only access road to a smaller, separate island that is home to a university, officials said. There is no immediate word of injuries.

The bridge that leads to Pelican Islandjust north of Galveston, was struck by the barge about 9:50 a.m. when a tugboat lost control of two barges it was pushing, said David Flores, bridge superintendent for the Galveston County Navigation District.

“The current was very unfavorable and the tide was high. She lost it,” Flores said.

One of the barges collided with the bridge and two telephone poles.

The tugboat had left Texas International Terminals, a fuel storage operator located next to the bridge. It was pushing what are known as ship fuel barges, Flores explained. The collision caused an oil spill from the barge into the bay and crews were working to clean it up, he said.

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