VALLEYFIELD, Quebec — A freighter slammed into a drawbridge on the St. Lawrence Seaway on Friday, blocking the waterway only three weeks after a 24-day closure stopped ships at the height of the shipping season. Two people were injured in the latest incident.
Gerald Laniel, vice president of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority, said an Indian freighter, the Jalagodavari, was heading downstream when it lost control and hit the St. Louis drawbridge about 25 miles west of Montreal.
"The bridge was up, but the ship was not aligned with the entrance," Dubuc said.
A 60-foot section of the bridge fell into the Beauharnois Canal, which the bridge spans, Seaway spokesman Richard Juteau said.
Juteau said the canal would be closed for at least 24 hours while engineers check damage done to the bridge. He said that, if the drawbridge was not weakened, ships could sail around the area where the bridge section had dropped into the water.
Juteau said the accident took place at 10:45 a.m. EST. Six ships were waiting in the canal by Friday afternoon, he said. He predicted that the number would grow quickly unless the canal is reopened soon. Ships are hurrying to leave the seaway before it becomes icebound and closes for the winter season at the end of December.