State Agency Investigating Ship Bridge Accident

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
 The California Board of Pilot Commissioners is now investigating the pilot of an empty tanker ship that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

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

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Board of Pilot Commissioners is now investigating the pilot of an empty tanker ship that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the state agency voted Thursday to conduct a probe, which is expected to take about 90 days.

The U.S. Coast Guard is also conducting an investigation of the accident with assistance from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The pilot, Capt. Guy Kleess, was in control of the 752-foot Overseas Reymar when the oil tanker hit the western-span tower closest to Yerba Buena Island on Jan. 7.

There was more than $2 million damage to the tower's wooden fenders and the side of the ship was scraped. No oil was spilled and there were no injuries.

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