The Roanoke lost a part of its load Friday when a Mack
truck rolled off the departing car barge and into the water. The
tractor-trailer was pulled out by a track-hoe, according
to the Virgin islands Daily News.
No one was injured in the accident on the barge which was beginning an early-afternoon voyage to St. John from Red Hook.
A St. John resident who saw the incident said the captain blew a whistle three times and started
backing out, but the loading ramp had not been fully raised. The weight
of the runaway truck against the ramp snapped the cables, the ramp went
down and the truck rolled into the sea, Nancy Nemeth told the Daily News.