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Bridge collapses in Kentucky after being rammed by hulking freighter carrying space rocket parts
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Posted on 01/27/2012 12:02:50 PM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Incredible images emerged of a hulking freighter wearing mangled pieces of a steel bridge on its bow after a collision in southwestern Kentucky Thursday night.

In the pictures, the 312-foot Delta Mariner idles, still partially in the bridge's path, and clearly looks much too large to fit beneath the aging Eggner Ferry Bridge, which crosses the Kentucky Lake Reservoir.

The cargo vessel was carrying space rocket parts for the United Launch Alliance, intended for a vehicle that was scheduled to be shot into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092796/Bridge-collapses-Kentucky-rammed-hulking-freighter-carrying-space-launch-equipment.html#ixzz1kgpuK4pc

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bridgecollapse; nasa
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Canadian captain. They told him the clearance in yards, not meters.


51 posted on 01/27/2012 12:58:07 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Quick Shot
Was the Captain, by any chance, a just hired Italian, and is there a cute blonde in the story... I was wondering the same thing.
52 posted on 01/27/2012 1:04:15 PM PST by joesbucks
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Only two questions. Who had this bright idea????? Do they still have a job???


53 posted on 01/27/2012 1:06:38 PM PST by oldenuff2no (Rangers lead the way...... Delta, the original European home land security)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
Did someone forget that it has been a very rainy year in the area and the river might be a tad higher than normal? The lead traffic story today in Dayton was someone trying to drive over a bridge that was completely underwater and his car was swept downstream.
54 posted on 01/27/2012 1:10:20 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: rawhide
Wonder if they would have made it if they sailed under the middle of the bridge, where it is higher? Hard to tell?

It appears they used the wrong ship channel. - tom

The U.S. Coast Guard reported on January 27 that the Delta Mariner hit the bridge when it tried to pass through what is known as the ,recreational channel, which has a lower clearance, instead of the shipping channel, which the vessel normally used.[5]

55 posted on 01/27/2012 1:17:19 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: Jack Hydrazine
I love the “13 crashes in 13 months” compilation!

Some of those were rental trucks. Wouldn't you have loved to have been a fly on the wall when they returned them?

56 posted on 01/27/2012 1:19:18 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: KarlInOhio

We live on State Route 7 in Gallia County, OH. This time of year, with all the leaves being off the trees, and with the river up, it looks like the barges are riding on the field across the road from us! LOL Last night, with all the fog, I kept hearing the horns of the barges from the river. We’ve only lived here since June, so it still makes me jump when I hear them in the stillness of a late night or early morning.


57 posted on 01/27/2012 1:24:43 PM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

“Moments before the crash, the Captain was seen cheerfully waiving to the passengers on the bridge below...”


58 posted on 01/27/2012 1:26:24 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: Rightly Biased
it doesn’t look like it would have fit under any of the spans

Maybe not if the ballast was incorrect, but it looks like the center span would have been a little higher. The ship has taken that route before.

59 posted on 01/27/2012 1:27:05 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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60 posted on 01/27/2012 1:29:31 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Hoffer Rand

LOL! Or when an employee walks through with the company moving truck and gives the news to his boss!


61 posted on 01/27/2012 1:30:24 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Erik Latranyi; lightman
They had actually started pre-construction planning for a replacement bridge just last month. I guess they now have strong incentive to go ahead and complete the project.

I've been over this bridge several times over the past few years. It is (or was) considerably lower than most of the other bridges at Land Between the Lakes.

62 posted on 01/27/2012 1:39:05 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: dinodino

He wouldn’t have cleared anyway.


63 posted on 01/27/2012 1:39:24 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Beelzebubba

LOL... and then he experienced that brief bit of time known as the “Ohnosecond”...


64 posted on 01/27/2012 1:54:32 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Is this now called a “shovel ready project”????


65 posted on 01/27/2012 2:28:30 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: mylife

Is that a problem?


66 posted on 01/27/2012 4:52:33 PM PST by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a NASA space pod!!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Too bad this didn’t happen in Webster, KY. Everybody would have been able to refer to it as “Unabridged Webster.”


67 posted on 01/27/2012 5:03:42 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

First thing that came to my mind when I saw this picture was, there is the ship of America being steered by Obama and his crew. They just drove through the bridge to the future and have halted America in it’s place.


68 posted on 01/27/2012 8:14:37 PM PST by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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