UPDATED: Gravel barge strikes Mission train bridge piling

A gravel barge hit the train bridge spanning the Fraser River Tuesday afternoon.

A gravel barge hit the train bridge spanning the Fraser River Tuesday afternoon.

Rail service resumed just before 6 p.m. Tuesday after a fully loaded gravel barge slammed into one of the pilings of the train bridge which spans the Fraser River between Mission and Abbotsford.

The incident happened Tuesday at approximately 12:30 p.m., said Canadian Pacific Railway spokesperson Mike LoVecchio. The swing bridge was open when the barge made contact with the piling.

Gravel had to be moved off the barge before it could be dislodged from the piling. Once it was moved, CPR conducted a damage assessment, which included putting a diver in the water to inspect the piling.

No damage was found, said LoVecchio.

All trains were rerouted to cross at New Westminster while the span was out of service.

“That’s a key bit of infrastructure,” he said.