Marine Accident Brief: Allision of Steve Plummer Tow with CSX Railroad Bridge, March 11, 2017

​On March 11, 2017, at 1120 local time, the towing vessel Steve Plummer was pushing three loaded barges on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. As the tow passed beneath the CSX Railroad Bridge at mile 190.4, the second and third barges allided with the bridge’s upstream guard pier. No injuries or pollution resulted from the accident; however, the two barges sustained damage and the guard pier was destroyed in the allision. ​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Steve Plummer tow’s allision with the CSX Railroad Bridge was the pilot’s decision to tow three loaded barges during rising river conditions with swift currents, which overwhelmed his ability to maneuver the tow through the bridge.


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  • Features: Photos;
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01671854
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/MAB-18/09, Accident ID: DCA17FM009
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 2018 9:33AM