SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – An empty oil tanker that crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was warned prior to striking the bridge tower, according to the Coast Guard.
The San Francisco Chronicle did not elaborate Tuesday on the nature of the warning but said it was issued by the Vessel Traffic Service, which is in contact with large commercial ships on the bay.READ MORE: Fight Between 2 Women In Marin City Ends In Stabbing
The Coast Guard reported the warning after a review of audio recordings.
The 752-foot Overseas Reymar struck the bridge tower on Monday. The Coast Guard has classified the crash as a “major marine casualty” because it exceeded $500,000 in property damage.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission estimates the price tag could top $2 million.
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