Barge-bridge accident probe begins

The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating Friday what caused a barge to strike the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge about 6 p.m. Thursday.

The barge Cascade, being guided by tugboats Delta Deanna and Pacific Wolf, was headed outbound from Rodeo when it hit the east piling of the west span of the bridge while carrying 65,195 barrels of heavy black oil, according Coast Guard officials.

After measuring the amount of oil on the barge after the incident, officials determined no oil spilled into the Bay.

An investigation into the incident was scheduled to begin at daybreak but foggy weather caused a temporary setback, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Jonathan Cilley. The investigation began this morning once visibility improved.

The California Department of Transportation arrived at about 7 p.m. Thursday to assess the damage to the bridge, Cilley said. The extent of the damage is unknown, although there was extensive damage to the barge, said Cilley.

The Coast Guard determined visibility of just 1 to 2 miles due to fog and a low ceiling, said Cilley. According to Coast Guard Lt. Anya Hunter, weather will be examined as part of the investigation.

Alcohol tests were administered to the crewmembers and none had been drinking prior to the incident, said Hunter. Drug tests were also administered but the results are pending.

The Coast Guard, Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Fish and Game, a Marin County Hazardous Materials team and the San Rafael Police Department are assisting in the investigation.

— Bay City News

Just Posted

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence patch things up with leather fair organizers

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and organizers of S.F.’s leather fair have patched things up.

Rare monkey born at San Francico Zoo

A rare monkey was born at San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, zoo… Continue reading

Planning Commissioner Rich Hillis steps down to seek role as department head

San Francisco Planning Commissioner Richard Hillis has resigned from his post and… Continue reading

Death on BART tracks prompts major systemwide delay

An unidentified person entered the trackway at Powell Street BART station and was struck by a train.

Federal judge blocks California law to force disclosure of Trump’s tax returns

Sep. 19—SACRAMENTO — A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against… Continue reading

Most Read