Coast Guard Investigating Tug and Barge Allision with Petaluma Railroad Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO, Calf. – The United States Coast Guard is investigating a tug and barge allision with the Petaluma railroad bridge. At approximately 2:30 am the tug Trig Lind and barge carrying sand were on a northbound transit from San Francisco to Petaluma when they struck the Petaluma railroad bridge.

The 71.5 foot tug and 206 foot barge reported no damage to the vessels. The bridge suffered damage measuring approximately fifteen feet by ten feet.

Upon notification, the CG immediately launched a small boat and marine casualty investigators. A Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter was also diverted to respond to the incident.  Alcohol testing was completed and the results were negative; drug test results are forthcoming.

The Petaluma railroad bridge owner’s engineer inspected the bridge today and will further inspect the bridge tomorrow.

There are no signs of pollution as a result of the allision.  The Coast Guard has begun a marine casualty investigation.

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