Ship hits Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge in Green Bay

The Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge is up after an incident Saturday

The Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge is up after an incident Saturday

A ship hit the docks at the City Deck on Sunday afternoon and damaged the Ray Nitschke Main Street Bridge in Green Bay. A Green Bay police spokesperson wasn't immediately available to comment to The Associated Press.

"It was insane", said Elizabeth Feldhausen, who watched the incident while at Hagemeister to celebrate her niece's 24th birthday.

According to witnesses, people who were watching the boat coming in started "screaming and yelling" as soon as the boat started heading towards the dock.

The Kaye E. Barker remains docked in Green Bay as investigators try to determine what caused the crash.

The Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge, also called the Main St. Bridge, is closed for an unknown amount of time after struck by a large vessel.

It was on its way to MI when the incident happened.

Green Bay police say the ship left red paint transfer on a City Deck railing, then its thrusters stirred up the water under the floating dock, pushing the dock up 3-4 feet. Fortunately there were no injuries, nor was there any damage to the M.V. Kaye E. Barker.

"My understanding is that he came up against the fendering, but not the bridge itself", he added.

A 12-year-old boy is presumed dead after being hit by a boat driven by a 16-year-old girl on Lake Shasta... "We were in the piano bar and noticed the boat was really close".

The ship is in a slip west of the Fox River and north of the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge and Wynne says the Coast Guard will investigate the incident.

The ship was renamed the Benson Ford in 1985 when it joined the Rouge Steel Company fleet.

In 2012, the Kaye E. Barker was repowered at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

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