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​Allision of Bulk Carrier Herbert C. Jackson with the Jefferson Avenue Bridge

Executive Summary

​About 0212 on May 12, 2013, the bulk carrier Herbert C. Jackson was cleared for passage through the Jefferson Avenue Bridge over the Rouge River about 6 miles southwest of Detroit, Michigan, when the bridge tender, who was legally intoxicated at the time, lowered the drawbridge, striking the bulk carrier's bow. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $5,000. The bridge, a registered historic structure,was extensively damaged and expected to remain closed until 2015 for repair and restoration. No one was injured.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the allision of the Herbert C. Jackson with the Jefferson Avenue Bridge was the intoxicated bridge tender's closing of the drawbridge as the vessel began its transit through the open bridge span.

Accident Location:   , MI   Rouge River at Jefferson Avenue Bridge, city of River Rouge, near Detroit, Michigan - 42°16.8' N, 83°07.7' W
Accident Date: 5/12/2013
Accident ID: DCA13LM021

Date Adopted: 10/1/2014
NTSB Number: MAB1419
NTIS Number:  

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