The 50 meter long towboat William E. Porter allided with a bridge on the Monongahela River near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The towboat with three loaded coal barges struck the pilings of the Hot Metal Bridge. No reports of damage to the vessels or the bridge. The vessels were inspected and allowed to proceed to its destination of South Point, Ohio. Authorities inspected the bridge and reopen it to traffic a short time later. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident. Reports suggest the high water and fast current may have been a factor.
A towboat on the Ohio River had 4 barges break free downstream of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia when it was preparing to enter the Emsworth Lock. Three of the barges floated until they weree pressed up against a railroad bridge on Neville Island. One barge loaded with steel coils sank allowing another barge loaded with coal to float further downstream until it got hung up on a channel that is part of Emsworth Dam. Hazardous Materials teams were deployed as one barge containing light crude oil containing benzene. Bridge traffic was suspended and 1,000 students were evacuated as a precaution. Crews later were able to secure the barge with light crude oil and one other with a cargo of coal. Reports state the safety wires broke due to the strong current of the river due to the high water and recent rain in the area. Reports state that there was no release of pollution and the railroad bridge did not sustain any damage.