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Crane crash shuts down Sunshine Bridge in Donaldsonville

DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police shut down Highway 70 in both directions at the Sunshine Bridge Friday morning, after a barge carrying a crane hit the side of the bridge.

Crews are inspecting the bridge to see if it sustained any structural damage.

Liz Koh@lizkohWAFB

Here’s the scene of the crane crash on the Donaldsonville side of the river. Crews are working to make emergency repairs. The Sunshine Bridge is closed for the time being. We’re live in Ascension Parish all morning with updates. More details HERE:  @WAFB

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says the bridge is closed in both directions, and drivers should find an alternative route.

The bridge will remain closed until the barge is removed and when DOTD officials determine that it is safe to travel.

Baton Rouge Traffic@BR_Traffic

LA 70 is closed in both directions on the Sunshine Bridge due to emergency inspections. Congestion is minimal. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

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It is unknown who was operating the tugboat pulling the crane, or whether it had clearance to go under the bridge.

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