Update at 10:05 a.m. Friday: Several bridges over the Hudson River near Troy have now been reopened as a number of ships float freely on the Hudson River. The Dunn Memorial, Patroon Island, Congress Street and Menands bridges were all closed at some point this morning. Petty Officer Michael White says the Coast Guard is investigating what caused the ships to break free early Friday. White says there have been no reports of injuries or pollution at this time.
"The Coast Guard cutter Penobscot Bay, a 140-foot ice breaker, and Coast Guard cutter Wire, which is a 65-foot ice breaking tug, have been dispatched and are en route to the scene to assist," White said Friday morning. "An overflight from a Coast Guard aircraft is scheduled to take place to assess the exact positions of the adrift vessels. Two commerical tugs are also responding to assist."
Amtrak says it is still running trains across the Livingston Avenue Bridge over the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer as several boats float adrift amid loose ice in the river. An Amtrak spokesman says speed over the bridge is restricted to 10mph and the bridge has not been damaged. Company workers are on the scene inspecting the bridge, part of Amtrak’s Empire Corridor passenger rail line.