Bridge collapse in Kentucky: Not related to design/construction failure

I’m going to go out on a limb here – I don’t think that bridges are required to withstand the impact of a 312-foot freighter.

In the pictures, the 312-foot Delta Mariner idles, still partially in the bridge’s path, and clearly looks much too large to fit beneath the aging Eggner Ferry Bridge, which crosses the Kentucky Lake Reservoir.

The cargo vessel was carrying space rocket parts for the United Launch Alliance, intended for a vehicle that was scheduled to be shot into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Delta Mariner

Wreck: The cargo ship Delta Mariner slammed into the bridge spanning the Kentucky Lake in southwestern Kentucky Friday, causing the bridge to collapse

Delta Mariner

No injuries: Thankfully, no one was injured when the hulking freighter plowed into the aging steel bridge

This does serve as a sad metaphor for the space program…