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UPDATE: Star City Bridge Reopened After Hit By Barge

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--Update 11 p.m.--

Monongalia County 911 Director Mike Wolfe said the bridge is now open.  According to Wolfe, crews are no longer on scene and inspectors deemed the bridge safe.  Wolfe had no further details as of 11 p.m.

--Original Story--

The Star City Bridge in Monongalia County is closed after it was hit by a runaway barge that was carrying rock and shale, the Monongalia County 911 Center confirms.  It said it happened on the Chaplin Road side of the bridge.  Police said the barge has been secured and is no longer a runaway.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to 911 Director Michael Wolfe, engineers with the Division of Highways are checking the stability of the bridge.  At 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wolfe told 12 News that there are no concerns that the bridge will collapse.  

Wolfe said it is unclear how the barge became loose and officials are not sure who owns the barge.  Fort Martin Power Plan is sending a tug boat to gain control of the barge.

Emergency officials will remain on scene, and motorists should avoid the area until further notice. The bridge will remain closed until the Division of Highways and the Coast Guard complete their inspections.  Wolfe said that Lazzelle Union Road, which runs underneath the bridge, is open and has been deemed safe.

The 911 center said that no injuries were reported.  

The Division of Highways and the Department of Transportation are investigating.  

An official with the DOH, who was on scene Tuesday night, said that in the past, high water has contributed to runaway boats.  It's unclear if that was a factor on Tuesday.