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UPDATE: Barge Hits Bridge In Sabula, Iowa

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Update - 7:35 PM:

A man never went over board - according to the Sabula Fire Chief.

Sabula responded to a report of a man in the water because he couldn't be found on the barge, but he later was. 

The barge hit the fence sheer of the bridge. 

That's also known as the protection pier. 

It's a wooden protection that goes around the base of the bridge to protect it from things like barges. 

"I can over the hill on the call and I couldn't believe what I was seeing," says Sabula Fire Chief Dan Miller. "I had never seen it that bad. It's the worst I've ever seen it hit. The cribbing gets hit a lot over the years, and I've never seen it this bad."

Now, the Coast Guard and Canadian Pacific Rail are overseeing the bridge. 

Canadian Pacific will determine when the bridge is ready for travel again. 

It isn't yet known why the barge hit the bridge. 

Update: According to the report filed at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, a man went overboard when the barge hit the railroad bridge. The man was located and is unharmed.


According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, a barge has run into a railroad bridge in Sabula, IA.

The accident happened at the bridge located at 116 Pearl St. in Sabula around 2:02 p.m.

A viewer photo shows a barge wedged under what appears to be a swing span of the I.C.E. railroad bridge.

We have a crew heading to the scene.

Stay tuned to KWQC-TV6 and kwqc.com for updates as we receive them.

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