Oil Tanker Hits San Francisco's Bay Bridge

No oil spill reported after crash

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 8, 2013 2:46 AM CST

(Newser) – An empty oil tanker sideswiped a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog yesterday but the Coast Guard believes no oil was spilled into the bay. A large amount of absorbent boom was deployed as a precaution after the crash, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. There was damage to the 750-foot "Overseas Reymar" and to fenders around the bridge, but not to the bridge itself, which remained open to traffic. The Coast Guard is looking at human error as the possible cause of the accident.

In this image provided by the Coast Guard, damage is seen at the base of Tower 6 of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
In this image provided by the Coast Guard, damage is seen at the base of Tower 6 of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.   (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland)
Damage is seen to the tanker Overseas Reymar following a collision with Tower 6 of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
Damage is seen to the tanker Overseas Reymar following a collision with Tower 6 of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.   (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland)
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