Tug boat strikes old Bonner Bridge during storm

Deconstruction of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge continues in the Oregon Inlet of North Carolina on August 19, 2019. The North Carolina Department of Transportation hopes to have the deconstruction project finished by early 2020.

A tug boat struck the old Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet Sunday and capsized.

The Miss Bonnie was capsized against the bridge about noon Sunday in the roiling seas brought on by a fierce nor’easter striking the Atlantic coast.

There were no injuries and no reported pollution, according to Coast Guard spokeswoman petty officer Shannon Kearney.

An investigation is underway into why the tug struck the bridge.

Wind gusts were in the 60s and wave heights approached 20 feet off the Outer Banks Sunday, according to National Weather Service warning maps out of Morehead City.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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