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Ship commander says navigation lights main cause

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - The master of a ship that struck a bridge over Kentucky Lake and brought down a span of it says incorrect navigation lighting was the main cause of the collision.

The Paducah Sun reported Capt. Lloyd Patten, who commanded the MV Delta Mariner, testified before a U.S. Coast Guard hearing in Paducah on Thursday.

The collision on Jan. 26 caused no deaths or injuries, but collapsed one section of the Eggner's Ferry Bridge that connects the western shore of the lake to the Land Between the Lakes recreation area.

Patten said the ship was about a half-mile from the bridge when he entered the pilot house. In response to questioning, Patten said trying to turn the vessel or dropping anchor could have caused it to strike a bridge pier.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun

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