Tanker hits NH-Maine bridge, span damaged, closed

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April 1, 2013, 3:03 pm
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(NECN/AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says an oil tanker has crashed into a bridge that links Maine and New Hampshire, but there's no sign of a spill and no reports of injuries.
    
Lt. Nick Barrow says the 473-foot Harbour Feature was reported to have had a mechanical failure at 1:30 p.m. Monday and crashed into the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which crosses the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine.
    
Barrow said the Portuguese-flagged ship is carrying tallow oil, but there's no evidence of a spill.
    
Transportation officials say the ship hit the bridge draw while it was in the down position, and that the bridge will be closed to traffic until it's inspected.
    
Coast Guard crews are responding to determine how to proceed moving the ship to safety.

Watch the attached video for aerial footage from the scene.

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Tags: maine, new hampshire, Coast Guard, Portsmouth, tanker, Kittery, USCG, oil tanker, Piscataqua River, sarah mildred long bridge
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