Attorneys claim Eggners Ferry Bridge lights not working night of crash
PADUCAH — Friday will likely mark the last day of testimony in the Eggners Ferry Bridge - Delta Mariner special hearing.
Captain William Collins is expected to testify. He served as Pilot Advisor of the Delta Mariner that January night when the vessel crashed into the bridge.
On Thursday, testimony centered around two other crew members, Third Mate Captain Franklin Altany and Master Captain Lloyd Patten.
Both recalled the moments leading up to when the Delta Mariner hit the bridge.
Toward the end Patten's testimony, one of the attorneys representing another crew member again made the claim that the lights on the bridge were not working.
"If the bridge had the right lights on it, do you think there's any way in the world they would have been trying to run through span E?" asked Spivey Gault, attorney for William Collins.
"I have to tell you, Mr. Gault, that if the bridge had been lighted correctly, none of us would be here today," Lloyd Patten responded. "I view it as the main cause of this accident."
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The hearing is scheduled to begin just after 7 a.m. Friday. We'll have live streaming video of the hearing here on our webchannel.