UPDATED: Crew member hospitalized after vessel hits pier

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A crew member was taken to hospital early Sunday morning after a fishing vessel collided with the north pier of the lift bridge in Placentia.

According to the RCMP, the Suzanne Mary collided with a support structure being used to construct the new lift bridge.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation and Works has since clarified it was the north pier of the existing bridge that was hit. The accident happened at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Police said the crew member's injuries were not life threatening. The vessel sustained serious damage.

The transportation and works spokesman said the bridge was not damaged.

Work on the $40-million bridge to replace the existing bridge started last year, with HJ O'Connell Construction Ltd. awarded the contract to build it. Initial estimates suggested it would take three years to complete the new bridge.

This story has been edited from an earlier version to include additional details.

Organizations: RCMP, HJ O'Connell Construction

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  • margaret whyte
    May 04, 2014 - 22:38

    wishing the crew member of the vessel a speedy recovery,hope the owner will get his vessel repaired soon and have a successful voyage ,

  • Rodney barry
    May 04, 2014 - 21:13

    Hi I'm a fisherman from Placentia ,as far as the Placentia lift goes there are no light on the bridge for about a year now,and were they are working on the new bridge the big lights they have on makes it really hard to see the bridge because they shine right in your eyes,it's hard to believe that we cant get a few lights put on the bridge so this would not happen but like true government they wait for some one to get hurt or killed before they fix things,,so that being said.we want a safe bridge that we can see when we set out early in the mornings and for returning at night .i don't think that is to much to ask for ..thanks for your time ......Rodney barry ...