Freighter collides with drawbridge over Rouge River

Freighter collides with drawbridge over Rouge River

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The Herbert C. Jackson sustained minor damage when a drawbridge was accidentally lowered on it The Herbert C. Jackson sustained minor damage when a drawbridge was accidentally lowered on it
DETROIT (WJBK) -

The Jefferson Bridge is closed this morning after a freighter collided with the drawbridge, sources say.

The Herbert C. Jackson was passing under the bridge on the Rouge River when the accident happened.

The ship was reportedly carrying 23,000 tons of iron ore pellets to the Severstal North American Steel Plant in Dearborn. There were no injuries.

The 670-foot freighter sustained minor damage, but damage to the bridge is more extensive.

The bridge is indefinitely closed to vehicle traffic, but must remain open to boat traffic, says the Chief Operating Office of Wayne County, Cindy Dingell.

Right now crews are working on how to raise the bridge for boats to safely pass under it.

This is the first accident in the bridge's 91-year history.

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