Nitschke Bridge Hit In Ship Accident

Elias Hubbard
July 18, 2017

Green Bay Police say the incident happened Sunday afternoon when the cargo ship bumped up against city deck.

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"The back end tried to turn but as it turned it hit the docks and it flipped over a couple of kayaks and it crushed this one little boat nearly like an aluminum can", Greta Olsen described to WFRV.

That crunching sound was the Barker crushing a small boat tied to the City Deck docks.

Interlake Steamship Co., which owns the ship, said the captain experienced "unexpected and strong currents" as he backed the boat out of the Fox River towards Green Bay and Lake Michigan.

Murphy added, "we thought the action was done and we heard another noise and we heard it hit the bridge too". The other bridges in Green Bay - the Walnut Street, Don A. Tilleman and Leo Frigo Memorial - remained open.

"The freighter left town when the crash occurred".

Members of the US Coast Guard were on the scene nearly immediately, along with firefighters from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, which dealt with the oil and gas that leaked from the destroyed boat.

Officials say when the ship hit the deck it caused a boat to capsize, damage to the deck and the Main Street Bridge (Ray Nitschke Bridge).

The Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge, also called the Main St. Bridge, is closed for an unknown amount of time after struck by a large vessel. Fortunately there were no injuries, nor was there any damage to the M.V. Kaye E. Barker.

The Ray Nitschke bridge reopened around 6:40 Sunday night.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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