2:55pm

Fri January 27, 2012
The Commonwealth

Close Call for Drivers on Collapsed Bridge

Two spans of the Eggner Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake collapsed Thursday night after being struck by a cargo ship carrying aviation parts, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said. Officials said the bridge was closed to traffic, causing vehicles needing to cross the Kentucky Lake reservoir and the Tennessee River to be detoured for dozens of miles. Robert Parker, 51, of Cadiz, said he and his wife were traveling northbound on the highway after leaving his stepson’s house in Murray. They were driving in the rain along the darkened bridge about 8 p.m. when they suddenly noticed a missing 20-foot piece of the bridge, which at that section stands at least 20 feet above the water. “All of a sudden I see the road’s gone and I hit the brakes,” he said. “It got close.”