Ky. sues crew of barge that collapsed bridge



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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky transportation officials are suing the crew of a cargo ship that struck and collapsed part of a bridge, causing millions in damage and diverting traffic for four months.

The state Transportation Cabinet says in a lawsuit moved to federal court this week that it spent at least $7 million to repair the Eggner's Ferry Bridge over the Tennessee River after the Delta Mariner struck it on Jan. 26, 2012. The cabinet's lawsuit says the ship's crew ignored warnings from the U.S. Coast Guard that the western Kentucky bridge's navigation lights were out.

A message left for the cargo ship owners, Seattle-based Foss Maritime, was not immediately returned Thursday.

The wreck caused a 322-foot section of the span to collapse.

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Brett Barrouquere

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