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Inspection to start on damaged NH-Maine bridge

6:48 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A bridge between New Hampshire and Maine that was hit by an oil tanker will remain closed as crews start to inspect the damage.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan visited the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on Tuesday morning. Officials say the structural damage is serious and planned a more detailed analysis.

The oil tanker broke loose from a pier on Monday and struck the heavily traveled bridge connecting Portsmouth, N.H., to Kittery, Maine. While transportation officials say the collision caused structural damage to the bridge and damage to the tanker, there was no evidence of leaking from the vessel.

The bridge is owned by Maine and New Hampshire.

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