Boat struck lift bridge, injured one June 2

A boat struck the Stillwater Lift Bridge Friday, June 2, injuring a Stillwater woman and causing the bridge to shut down for a short time.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a 37-foot pleasure boat driven by a Marine on St. Croix resident, was heading north on the St. Croix River when it struck the lift bridge around 7:05 p.m.

The impact happened when the boat tried to get under the lift portion of the bridge as it was closing, the sheriff’s office says. The upper portion of the boat struck the bridge and was sheered off, and a Stillwater woman was taken to the hospital with non-lift-threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office¬†says. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor.

The lift bridge closed while the Minnesota Department of Transportation was called to inspect the integrity of the bridge, which reopened before 10 p.m. June 2, according to the sheriff’s office.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the boat accident.