Crews rescue 1, 3 swim to safety after barge accident in Eden Isles near Slidell

Crews rescue 1, 3 swim to safety after barge accident in Eden Isles near Slidell
A barge with an excavator has overturned in the Eden Isles Canal. (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office)

SLIDELL, La. (WVUE) - Authorities near Slidell were forced to rescue at least one person from the canal that runs under the Eden Isles Bridge off Hwy. 11.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said a barge with an excavator overturned on Thursday afternoon.

The U.S. Coast Guard said they have a small boat in the vicinity to investigate what happened. 

In addition to the one person that was airlifted to the hospital, there were three others on board the barge that managed to swim to safely to shore.

UPDATE: Parish engineers have inspected the bridge and authorized it to be reopened. Units with our Marine Division...

Posted by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Eden Isle Dr. Bridge is closed until further notice.

No other details have been released.

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