Update: Portions of Bridge Closed Until Sunday, Ship Captain Reportedly Drunk

Traffic leading to Gwangan Bridge is being controlled following a head-on collision from a Russian cargo ship at around 4:20 pm yesterday afternoon.

Some of the bridge has been damaged by the 6,000-ton cargo ship called Sea Grand, which departed from Busan Port.

It had arrived in Busan on Wednesday morning to unload 1,495 tons of iron pipe and was headed to Vladivostok, Russia with 1,415 tons of steel coils.

The ship was moved to another location and the Busan Infrastructure Corporation is controlling traffic to an entrance ramp leading up to the main bridge.

The local maritime police say they are questioning the ship’s captain who was reportedly drunk at the time of the incident with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.086%.

The operator of the ship is also being questioned, as the accident scene is not part of the ship’s regular course.

The ship allegedly had also hit a cruise ship moored at the port 40 minutes prior to the accident.

Portions of the lower level of the bridge will be closed until Sunday according to Yonhap News and authorities have suggested taking alternative routes.

No casualties have been reported.

Haps Staff
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