Cargo Ship Takes Out Railway Bridge in Germany

Photo: Jan-Timo Hackel via Twitter
Photo: Jan-Timo H├Ąckel via Twitter

A 111-meter cargo ship plowed through a span of a railway bridge Thursday in Germany, closing the bridge indefinitely.

Reports say the general cargo ship MV Emsmoon was transiting the Ems River when it struck the bridge near the town of Weener, Germany at about 6:40 p.m. local time after the bridge failed to raise for the vessel.

The vessel has been removed from the area and is now moored in Papenburg, Germany, according to the AIS data from Marine Traffic.

The Antigua and Barbuda-registered Emsmoon is operated by Germany’s Grona Shipping and was built in 2000.

The incident is under investigation.

A full view of the damage to the bridge can be seen in the video below: