JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One of Jacksonville's major bridges was badly damaged Thursday afternoon when its center span was struck by by a ship. The Mathews Bridge will be shut down through Monday at the earliest.
The crash occurred around 2 p.m. as a tugboat was towing an unidentified ship on the St. Johns River, according to Jacksonville.com. No injuries were reported.
Damage to the center span was clearly visible. Officials call it a "significant hit."
A Transportation Department spokesman said he could not recall an accident this severe in recent memory.
The bridge has a total length of 7,376' and was opened to traffic in 1953.