STUART, Fla. — The Florida East Coast Railway drawbridge over the St. Lucie River was rendered impassible to marine traffic today (Saturday, Sept. 30) after being struck by a tugboat pulling a barge, according to information from Brightline posted on the Martin County Board of County Commissioners Facebook page.
The tugboat struck the northwest fender of the bridge about 2:10 p.m. The bridge will remain closed overnight. Rail traffic can continue to use the bridge because it was in the down position at the time of the accident, WPTV reports. Inspectors are scheduled to provide an update on the bridge condition on Sunday. Updates will be available via Brightline’s bridge app and at the drawbridge information website.