Oil spill and partial bridge collapse in Galveston after barge collision

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16th May 2024 – (Houston) A barge collision with a bridge in Galveston on Wednesday resulted in an oil spill into the bay and the partial collapse of the bridge, according to authorities. Galveston, an island city on the Gulf Coast of Texas, was impacted by the incident.

Officials announced the closure of the Pelican Island Bridge, which connects to Pelican Island, located north of Galveston. The bridge shutdown was implemented in response to the accident. Galveston, situated approximately 50 miles away from downtown Houston, Texas’ largest city, was directly affected.

Fortunately, no immediate injuries were reported, as stated by the city of Galveston.

In a statement, the city confirmed the occurrence of an oil spill in the bay. The U.S. Coast Guard has been called upon to assess the extent of the spill, implement containment measures, and initiate the cleanup process.

According to Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, two crew members were successfully rescued from the water, as reported by FOX 7 Austin.

Although the barge has a capacity of 30,000 gallons, it remains uncertain how much oil was released into the water, as stated in the FOX 7 report, referencing the county judge’s remarks.

Texas A&M University at Galveston, situated on Pelican Island, experienced a temporary power outage due to the accident. However, power has since been restored.

The cause of the barge collision with the bridge remains unclear at this time.

This incident follows a similar accident that occurred on March 26, when a cargo ship collided with a support column of the Francis Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, resulting in the loss of six lives.