Barge carrying 100-foot crane drifts 4 miles down river


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two barges, one carrying a 100-foot tall crane, drifted about four miles down the Kentucky River during last weekend’s flooding without causing any significant damage.

Jerry Graves is the executive director of the Kentucky River Authority. He told the Lexington Herald-Leader ( the unmanned barges were stopped when they ran against the abandoned U.S. 27 bridge in Jessamine County near Nicholasville.

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They passed under two other bridges and there were rumors of damage, but officials said those proved to be false.

The barges were being used for work on a new dam. They broke loose Friday night, probably from the high water and swift currents caused by the thunderstorms.

If they had continued drifting, they could have hit the Brooklyn Bridge, which carries U.S. 68 between Fayette and Mercer counties.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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