Cargo ship hits supports of Oklahoma bridge over Arkansas River

A cargo ship impacted the supports of a bridge over the Arkansas River less than a week after a deadly incident in Baltimore

The Oklahoma State Patrol has completely closed off traffic from a highway south of Sallisaw after a barge struck a bridge over the Arkansas River on Saturday. Law enforcement is diverting traffic away from the area until inspections of the bridge can be made, the Oklahoma State Patrol on X (formerly Twitter). There were no reports of injuries on the highway or the barge, AP news quoted state patrol spokesperson Sarah Stewart. It was not immediately known what led to the collision. Video circulating on X shows the moment the barge impacted the bridge supports.

The incident comes less than a week after the cargo hauler MV Dali struck and completely collapsed the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Maryland, killing 6 people. The enormous freighter ship struck the supports of the 1.6-mile (2.6 km) long bridge in the early hours of Tuesday morning, causing the whole structure to topple into the river, taking vehicles and people with it.

Operations to clear the bridge rubble weighing down the MV Dali are currently . While the cargo hauler and bridge rubble are blocking the way, the port city of Baltimore is unable to resume marine traffic, a key industry for the area. Crews worked to cut up portions of the metal bridge, with the first section of the structure being lifted on Saturday.

By some estimates, the repair bill could end up running upward of $1 billion if a whole new bridge would need to be erected, the Washington post on Thursday.