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Loose barges close bridges in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Several major bridges crossing the Monongahela and Ohio rivers have reopened after closures prompted by a dozen barges hauling coal came that came loose and began floating down the Monongahela, striking at least one bridge.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says five vehicular bridges were shut down early Monday because of the loose barges. The Liberty, Smithfield, Fort Pitt, West End and McKees Rocks bridges were later reopened.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County said the Panhandle bridge, a light rail transit bridge, took “a direct hit from a loose barge” but also reopened after inspection.

The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit said all barges had been accounted for, although not all had been removed from the river.

The Emsworth Locks and Dams, downstream on the Ohio River, were unaffected.

The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit said all barges had been accounted for, although not all had been removed from the river.

The Emsworth Locks and Dams, downstream on the Ohio River, were unaffected.

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