Investigation into Florida Barge Accident Still Ongoing

The investigation into a March 20 Fort Walton Beach barge accident is still ongoing, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. The investigation by the Coast Guard will reportedly be concluded within the next few weeks.

As a result of the barge accident, which occurred when a tugboat pushed a barge with a crane on it into the Brooks Bridge, a water line running across the bridge was ruptured, traffic was stopped and serious consideration was given to replacing the aging crossing, which connects Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.

Okaloosa County and the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) are awaiting the results of the Coast Guard’s investigation as they seek reimbursement for damages caused by the accident. However, in December, Okaloosa County did reportedly send a bill for $37,843 to the owners of the tugboat involved in the wreck.

“We have to assess the report before billing the party or parties liable for the bridge damage,” stated DOT spokesperson Ian Satter.

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