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Construction barges take unplanned trip down Potomac River

Two barges loaded with construction equipment broke free on the Potomac River on May 8 because of heavy rains and high water. They started floating down the river out of control, before they were caught up in the river and held in place before reaching Harper’s Ferry, Maryland State Police reported.

The barges, originally moored in the Williamsport/Burkesville area, held construction equipment for the National Park Service’s work on Towpath Trail.

Police say the smaller barge got hung up in the river and is no longer loose.

The larger barge floated down the river a further distance, headed toward the D.C. area. Police say it hit a Norfolk Railway bridge.  It was caught up later on the West Virginia side of the river just before Harper’s Ferry.

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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