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Strong Current Pushes Freighter Against Bridge

September 24, 1986

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) _ A 600-foot freighter was pushed off course today by strong currents in the Saginaw River and lodged against a drawbridge, officials said.

A tug boat worked to free the Joseph France, which was traveling up the river from Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron to Bay City at the time of the accident, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Todd Babbitt.

There were no injuries and the vessel was not damaged, Babbitt said.

The bridge was stuck open, and he said officials did not know if it were damaged.

The vessel damaged a cluster of wooden pilings near the base of the bridge designed to prevent ships from running into it.

The current was strong on the river because recent heavy rainfall boosted its level, Babbitt said.

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