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Tanker Hits NH-Maine Bridge, Span Damaged, Closed
04/01/2013 02:08 PM ET  

Bill Boynton of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation says the tanker is at least 800 feet long and is carrying fuel, although it's not immediately known what kind.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) _ Authorities say a large tanker has broken loose from a pier and has struck the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Portsmouth, N.H., damaging the New Hampshire-Maine bridge and closing it to traffic.

Bill Boynton of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation says the tanker is at least 800 feet long and is carrying fuel, although it's not immediately known what kind.

Boynton said the tide is coming in and is pushing the boat up against the bridge.

There's no word of any injuries.

The accident was reported at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. The Coast Guard and Portsmouth authorities are setting up a command post.

The bridge is one of three connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine. Work being done on a new Memorial Bridge leaves just the Interstate 95 bridge open.


 

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