Ship strike closes N.H.-Maine bridge

The US Coast Guard says two tugboats have pulled an oil tanker away from the bridge that links Maine to New Hampshire after the tanker broke loose from the pier and hit the bridge. Lieutenant Nick Barrow said that the tanker was damaged on the side that hit the bridge, but that there was no evidence of leaking. 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. Officials said that the ship hit the drawbridge while it was in the down position and that the bridge will be closed to traffic until it is inspected. Barrow said tanker was pulled from the bridge around 6 p.m. and the bridge was put in the up position.

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