Loose barges close river bridges in downtown Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Twelve barges came loose from a tug boat just upstream from the downtown Arkansas River bridges in Little Rock according to the North Little Rock Police Department. The incident happened around 7:30pm Friday.

State police say the two barges the tugboat was pushing Friday night may be adrift and floating downstream.

Troopers initially closed all three spans in the state capital's downtown section but they reopened 4 of the six traffic lanes on the biggest bridge, which carries Interstate 30.

A Highway Department spokesman says state police have called in bridge inspectors to examine the spans.

There have been no reported injuries.

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