- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

SABULA, Iowa (AP) - Rail and barge traffic at a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois has reopened after a tow ship hit its protective pier.

Canadian Pacific Railroad spokesman Andy Cummings says rail traffic on the bridge at Sabula in eastern Iowa resumed about four hours after the protective pier was hit by a towing ship late Thursday night.

Cummings said Friday that while the pier had been damaged, the bridge is structurally sound. The railroad had divers inspect the bridge’s concrete supports and found them to be undamaged.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandon Giles said that the river under the bridge reopened to marine traffic shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.

The ship’s three grain barges broke away after the impact, but were later retrieved.

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