Barge strikes Galveston bridge, causing oil spill, power outage, and traffic shutdown

Barge strikes Galveston bridge, causing oil spill, power outage, and traffic shutdown


A barge has caused a major disturbance to those in the Galveston, Texas, area after it struck a bridge connecting Galveston to Pelican Island, leaving those on the island stranded and temporarily without power.

‘Nearly seven miles of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway had to be shut down because of an oil spill from the barge.’

Just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a tugboat pushing two barges lost control, causing one barge — owned by Martin Petroleum — to strike the unused railroad track that runs along the Pelican Island Causeway as well as two telephone poles.

“The current was very bad, and the tide was high. He lost it,” said David Flores, a bridge superintendent with the Galveston County Navigation District.

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