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
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)

(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.

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Petee
Jan 8, 2013 8:14 AM CST
That does it!! It is time to outlaw oil tankers, because they might be misused!!
$28919642
Jan 8, 2013 7:35 AM CST
Asleep at the wheel, no doubt.
right2dave
Jan 8, 2013 4:27 AM CST
With the available technology how does a large tanker hit a bridge?