Ship Rips Through Bridge In Aurora, Kentucky

Kentucky officials were scrambling Friday to determine when — or if — they would repair an 80-year-old bridge over Kentucky Lake that was ripped through by a huge ocean-going cargo ship on Thursday night.

Two sections of the Eggner Ferry Bridge, which carries U.S. 68 and Ky. 80 over the lake, were destroyed by the northbound Delta Mariner, a 312-foot ship carrying rocket components from Decatur, Ala., to Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Part of the bridge was still dangling off the bow of the Delta Mariner on Friday, but no injuries were reported on the bridge or on the ship.

Search teams in boats found no indication that vehicles fell from the bridge when the vessel struck. But Robert Parker and his wife came close.