Area lawmakers comment on partial collapse of US 68/KY 80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge
WASHINGTON - Area state and national lawmakers are commenting on the collision of a cargo ship and the US 68/KY 80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge Thursday night, and the subsequent collapse of a section of the bridge.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement:
“I am thankful that reports indicate no one was injured in last night's cargo ship accident at Eggner Ferry Bridge. My office remains in contact with state officials and I have sent a staff member to the scene to update me. I will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said "I am relieved that it appears no one was hurt in the accident. I have used the bridge many times and know how big of an inconvenience it will be for people to take the long way around the lakes. I will visit the bridge today to meet with local officials and find out what happened and what must happen to get the road reopened, and I will do what I can to help with this situation."
Sen. Paul is traveling to the bridge site today.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield released the following statement:
“I join my fellow Kentuckians in giving thanks that there were no injuries or loss of life from this terrible accident. I will continue to monitor the situation and work to ensure all Federal agencies with jurisdiction remain on top of this incident so that this vital roadway is restored as soon as possible.”
Congressman Whitfield will visit the site later today.