An oil platform – torn loose from its moorings by Hurricane Katrina – slammed into a bridge in Mobile, AL, shutting down a vital trucking route in
The 13,000-ton platform was on a barge at the Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Inc. shipyard when it broke loose during the hurricane on Monday, Aug.
29. Strong winds from the storm carried the platform downriver, where it struck
According to the Mobile Register,
the bridge, which spans the Mobile River from Mobile to Daphne, AL, is an
important route for truckers who carry hazardous materials in the area. The
only nearby routes across – the Wallace and Bankhead tunnels – prohibit trucks
carrying hazardous materials.
While the Alabama Department of Transportation could not say how long
the bridge would be closed, it placed signs directing drivers to take a detour
north to Interstate 65 to cross the river.