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Mississippi River Barge Hits Bridge in Jackson County

SABULA, Iowa (AP) A barge accident Tuesday involving a swing span railroad bridge on the Mississippi River at Sabula, Iowa, will not stop rail or river traffic for any length of time.

Ed Greenberg, a spokesman for the Canadian Pacific in Minneapolis, said the company is evaluating the status of the bridge, which was struck by a northbound barge at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

"We are still assessing the situation in Sabula," Greenberg said. "The barge has been removed and we have engineers assessing the damage, which does not appear to be significant.

"There were no trains on or near the bridge at the time of the incident. We expect to have it reopened later tonight."

The Sabula Rail Bridge is a swing-span bridge that carries a single rail line across the Mississippi River between the island town of Sabula, Iowa and Savanna, Ill.

Originally built for the Milwaukee Road, the bridge is owned by the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad. The bridge opened in 1906.

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