Ship Passing Through Panama Canal Runs Into The Bridge of the Americas
Tuesday, May 18 2010 @ 06:17 pm EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
A ship named the Atlantic Hero ran aground this afternoon against one of the pillars that sustains the Bridge of the Americas, activating an alert in the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) who went to the scene. Reports indicate there was a problem in the ship's engine when it left the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal, causing it to lose control. The ship remains stuck under the Bridge of the Americas, while a crane from the ACP is being moved to the scene. So far there have been no reports of injuries, although there are several ambulances standing by in the area. It was reported that for the moment ships are not being allowed to navigate through this area, however vehicles are being allowed to pass over the Bridge of the Americas. (TVN Noticias)
Editor's Comment: According to one of my sources in the ACP, it would be "impossible" for a ship to actually crash into one of the supporting pillars that holds up the Bridge of the Americas. After an accident occurred in the United States, the ACP piled huge boulders around the support pillars to protect them. So if the ship ran into them, even at full speed, the ship would be screwed but the bridge would be protected. Apparently this guy just lost power and drifted until he ran aground. Additional details forthcoming.