A cargo ship carrying rocket stages headed for Cape Canaveral crashed into a bridge in Kentucky Thursday but no flight hardware was damaged, officials said today.
United Launch Alliance issued this statement:
"The Delta Mariner, owned and operated by Foss Marine, made contact with the Eggner Ferry Bridge at U.S. Highway 68 and Kentucky Highway 80 over the Tennessee River Thursday evening, Jan. 26 at 8:15 p.m. Central Time resulting in a portion of the bridge collapsing . The 312-foot vessel was carrying vehicle components for an upcoming United Launch Alliance launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida . There are no injuries on the Mariner or the bridge. Initial inspections have shown that the flight hardware being transported was not damaged. The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation.
The Delta Mariner was commissioned in 2002 to transport flight hardware from the United Launch Alliance factory in Decatur , Ala. , to launch sites at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif."
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