Fishing trawler still stuck under bridge

April 18, 2009 7:05:22 PM PDT
Salvage crews are still working to remove a fishing trawler that crashed into the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge last Tuesday. It is taking crews longer than they thought it was going to take.

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Crews say they are being very careful.

Workers could be seen Saturday using chainsaws as their boats rocked on the water. They were also welding pieces off the boat as they worked to dismantle it piece by piece.

Officials said they were being very careful and trying not to spill any oil or fuel into the water. They put several booms in place to contain anything that does spill.

The fish trawler slammed into the bridge Wednesday during extremely windy conditions. It got stuck in mud and lodged underneath the bridge.

Crews were hoping to remove the boat by Saturday but were only halfway done Saturday evening. They now anticipate being finished by Sunday evening.

Workers say that in their defense, they did not know what to expect as they have never had anything like this happen before.

They plan to keep one westbound lane of the bridge closed until 11:00 p.m. Saturday. They will close it again at 6:00 Sunday morning. Their conservative estimate is that the lane will remain closed until 11:00 p.m. Sunday evening.

Traffic was largely unaffected by the lane closure Saturday.

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