Board Pursues Case Against Bay Bridge Pilot

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The case now goes before an administrative law judge who can decide to revoke or suspend Kleess

Daytime view of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco seen from Yerba Buena Island

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state board has voted to pursue license revocation or suspension for the pilot of an empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The California Board of Pilot Commissioners made the decision on Thursday after its Incident Review Committee recommended the disciplinary action against pilot Guy Kleess.

The case now goes before an administrative law judge who can decide to revoke or suspend Kleess's license or reject the board's decision.

Kleess was in control of the 752-foot Overseas Reymar on Jan. 7 when the oil tanker hit a western-span tower of the bridge.

The committee concluded Kleess made a risky course change and committed misconduct.

The tower's wooden fenders were damaged, but no oil was spilled and there were no injuries.


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