- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - Officials say the extent of damage to a western Pennsylvania dam hit by a tow boat won’t be known until the spring.

The boat ran into a gate at the Montgomery Lock and Dam on the Ohio River near Shippingport on Dec. 13, closing the large lock chamber. A secondary lock was closed for repairs, shutting down river traffic.

Spokeswoman Carol Davis tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1NVSa0S ) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to pull the gate from the river in the spring, which will reveal the extent of the damage.

Davis says the tow boat is owned by Jeffersonville, Indiana-based American Commercial Barge Line. An attorney says companies that own or operate tow boats are responsible for damages from crashes.

Authorities are still investigating what caused the crash.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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