NTSB: Ship's crew ignored warnings before KY bridge wreck
By BRETT BARROUQUERE Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal investigators have concluded that the crew of a cargo ship
ignored radioed and visual warnings about lights being out on a bridge
in the moments leading up to a wreck.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators
said on Tuesday that the crew of the Delta Mariner used only visual cues
and went under the wrong span of the Eggner's Ferry Bridge near Aurora,
Ky., on Jan. 26, 2012.
The wreck tore down a 322-foot span of the bridge over the Tennessee River.
Investigators also concluded that white warning
lights on the bridge had been out for several years and other lights
shorted out before the wreck.
The missing span halted traffic on U.S. 68 between
the western shore of Kentucky Lake and the Land Between the Lakes
National Recreation Area.
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