Bridge collapses after being hit by tow boat

BILOXI, Miss. – The Coast Guard is responding to the collapse of the Popps Ferry Bridge in Back Bay in Biloxi, Miss., after the towing vessel Cheryl Stegbauer with eight barges, reportedly allided with the bridge earlier this morning.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call from the Department of Marine Resources for the the state of Mississippi at approximately 7:40 a.m., reporting that the bridge had collapsed onto the barges of the towing vessel.

Coast Guard Station Gulfport and Station Pascagoula have launched 25-foot smallboats and crews to the scene. Also, Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans has launched an HH-65C rescue helicopter and crew along with an HC-144A Ocean Sentry plane from the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., to assist.

Coast Guard investigators and pollution investigators are en route to the scene of the collapse.

There have been no reports of injuries or pollution.

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