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The tanker Overseas Reymar travels in the San Francisco bay from Yerba Buena Island, Calif., Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The empty oil tanker ship struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, but there were no reports of leaking oil and the bridge remained open to traffic, officials said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Federal transportation officials investigating after tanker hits Bay Bridge
First Published Jan 08 2013 10:14 am • Last Updated Jan 08 2013 10:16 am

SAN FRANCISCO • Federal transportation authorities say they are investigating the crash of an empty tanker that struck a tower in the middle of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Tuesday that it will coordinate its investigation with the Coast Guard.

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The agency said the Coast Guard has classified the incident as a "major marine casualty" because it caused more than $500,000 in property damage.

The 752-foot Overseas Reymar rammed the tower on Monday morning as it was navigating beneath the hulking span. There were no reports of oil leaks.

The NTSB also investigated a 2007 container ship crash into the Bay Bridge that caused thousands of gallons of oil to spill into the bay.




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