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Oil tanker rams Moselle bridge
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Oil tanker rams Moselle bridge

14.03.2012 From our online archive
An oil vessel hit a bridge on the Moselle river close to the German town of Schweich because of high water levels.

(CS) An oil vessel hit a bridge on the Moselle river close to the German town of Schweich because of high water levels.

The vessel had earlier made a delivery in Trier when it struck the bridge, prompting a car parked on the tanker to fall into the river.

No one was injured in the accident which occurred on Tuesday. The Belgian boat was on its way back in the direction of the Rhine after making a fuel delivery in Trier when it struck the bridge. The collision caused the helm stand to collapse. A car parked behind was pushed into the river.

The car was later recovered some 10 to 15 kilometers downstream, after a search lasting until the afternoon.

Both the river and the bridge were closed to traffic after the accident. Both were reopened during the course of the day. No substantial damage to the bridge could be detected.

The oil tanker could not continue its journey. No damage, however, was detected in the loading area and no pollution was detected in the area.

The high water levels combined with strong winds are assumed to be the cause of the accident.