A drifting boat hit the main bridge in Rio de Janeiro

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The São Luís vessel caused damage to the structure. The Navy will open an investigation to clarify “the causes, circumstances and responsibilities” of the event

A ship hit the main bridge of Rio de Janeiro

A large boat that was adrift collided on Monday against the 13.2-kilometre-long bridge that rises over the sea between the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói , causing “minor damage”.

The impact forced traffic to be cut in both directions of this strategic bridge for about four hours, which generated long lines of vehicles at its accesses, as reported by the Operations Center of the Rio Mayor's Office on its social networks.

The management company indicated that there was a minor collision between the ship and the bridge without major consequences, according to the first inspections carried out on site.

The preliminary investigation points out that the anchor chain broke and the strong winds that hit the region dragged the ship, which apparently was abandoned in Guanabara Bay, until it collided with one of the pillars of the bridge.

A ship hit the main bridge in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes reported on his social media that a “technical team inspected” three pillars of the construction, an important way in and out of the capital of Rio de Janeiro, and “did not detect any failure in the structure” of the same.

“An evaluation of the assistance devices indicates minor damage”, Paes stated, later adding that “partially” traffic would be released “soon”, which happened minutes later.

“Rio-Niterói Bridge released” after being cut to circulation “due to the collision of a ship with the structure,” the Rio Operations Center said.

A drifting boat impacted against the main bridge of Rio ;o de Janeiro

The ship, named “São Luís”, is the subject of a “judicial process”

Teams from the Navy and the Harbor Master's Office were activated to attend to the situation, which caused no injuries .

The ship, named “São Luís”, is the subject of a “judicial process”, according to the Navy, which declared in a note that will open an investigation to clarify “the causes, circumstances and responsibilities” of the event.

A drifting boat impacted against the main bridge of Rio de Janeiro

The ship after impacting the bridge

The accident occurred on the eve of the national holiday on the occasion of the anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Brazil.

(With information from EFE)

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