UPDATE: Pomeroy-Mason Bridge re-opens after hit by loose barge; all barges collected

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 10:33 PM EST
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UPDATE 2/14/2020 9:00 a.m.

The Pomeroy-Mason Bridge re-opened a little before 3 Friday morning, after crews completed inspecting potential damage from a runaway barge Thursday night on the Ohio River.

The Pomeroy-Mason Bridge has been shut down due to loose barges on the Ohio River.

The Mason Police Chief said it's believed one barge hit a bridge pillar on the Pomeroy side and continued floating downriver. At least nine barges total broke loose in the Hartford area. Mason County 911 says all of the barges have been collected as far away as Lakin, which is nearly 9 miles from where the barges broke loose.

A Division of Highways crew arrived late Thursday and inspected the bridge. Visually, no damage was apparent, but crews performed a further inspection to be sure the span is safe.

Earlier in the evening, Meigs County (Ohio) Sheriff Keith Wood reported that some of the runaway barges were going sideways down the river.

UPDATE 2/13/2020 11:50 P.M.

The Pomeroy Fire Department says a towboat, with a load of 15 barges, lost their load while headed up-river to an undetermined destination. Without immediately knowing the material being transported, crews closed the bridge until the barges could be secured.

Before being secured, one barge made contact with the Ohio pier. Crews awaited WV DOH to bring barricades to close the bridge until an inspection could be performed. Crews were out approximately 3 hours assisting with this call.

The bridge remains closed until further notice

The Pomeroy-Mason Bridge has been shut down due to loose barges on the Ohio River.

According to Mason Volunteer Fire Department, there are at least 10 loose barges. It reports that one barge made contact with the bridge.

Pomeroy Police and Mason County Sheriff's deputies have directed traffic away from the bridge.

According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, the barges are going sideways down river.