(KTSF by Susannah Lee)
An oil tanker hit one of the towers of the Bay Bridge this morning, causing no oil spill or injuries.
The incident happened at around 11:20 am. Lieutenant Commander Shawn Lansing of the U.S. Coast Guard said there were many issues involved in this incident that need to be investigated. He also mentioned that visibility at the time was a quarter mile.
While 30 to 40 feet of the fender system of the bridge tower was damaged, the structural safety of the Bay Bridge is reportedly intact. According to Bart Ney, spokesperson for Caltrans, “The fender system has been damaged and will need to be replaced. It was damaged the way it was supposed to. It protected the bridge, and there is no structural damage to the Bat Bridge as a result.”
The bridge remained open after the collision occurred and traffic was not affected.
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