Coast Guard closes Victoria Barge Canal after vessel allides with fendering system

Coast Guard 8th District NewsVICTORIA, Texas — The Coast Guard has closed the Victoria Barge Canal after an outbound gravel barge allided with the fender system of a railroad bridge, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at approximately 1 a.m., from the bridge tender to report the incident. Marine investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Victoria were dispatched to the scene to assess damages and investigate the incident and determined there was no pollution in the water. Officials from the Port of Victoria are inspecting the bridge to evaluate any potential damage.

The Victoria Barge Canal will remain closed until determined safe for transit.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

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