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Loose barges float down Ohio River, 1 may have struck bridge

MASON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say at least nine loose barges have been secured after floating down the Ohio River. News outlets report one barge may have struck a pillar of the Pomeroy-Mason Bridge on Thursday night. The bridge remained closed early Friday morning as a state inspection ream headed to the structure to assess for any damage. The bridge may be closed into daylight hours Friday. It's unclear how the barges got loose. Heavy rain had led to high water on the Ohio River in recent days. Authorities did not believe the barges were carrying anything hazardous. No injuries were reported.

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