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KTVU: Container ship strikes Bay Bridge

Corneliu 2
07-11-2007, 20:06

SAN FRANCISCO -- A 920-foot container ship, heading out of the San Francisco Bay from the Port Of Oakland, collided with a support tower of the fog-shrouded Bay Bridge early Wednesday, leaving it with a 100-foot gash in its side and leaking oil into the bay.

The collision happened at about 8:30 a.m. during the morning commute but did not disrupt traffic on the bridge.

California Department of Transportation officials were examining the Delta Tower -- the third tower east of the San Francisco anchorage -- for damage. Coast Guard Officer Anya Hunter said a visual inspection by her agency from the water found no damage.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard was examining the fully loaded Hanjin container ship that was leaking oil for at least 30 minutes after the collision. A huge gash -- possibly extending as long as 100 feet -- was visible in its side.

Hunter said that the ship operators had transferred the oil to another part of the vessel and stopped the leaking.

But there may be other damage. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department said it marine patrol boat has spotted debris in the water near the crash scene.

The ship has been anchored north of Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay.

OOPS!!! Gotta watch out for that fog near San Francisco. No one was hurt luckily but the support tower is being looked at for damage.
Lunatic Goofballs
07-11-2007, 20:07
Someone was still negligent. They go to rather extreme lengths to avoid this kind of thing and a ship's captain would have to have a headful of rocks to fail to heed the warning signs, lights, sounds, etc.