A major marine trade link between Canada and the United States remained closed on Sunday after a ship collided with a lift bridge in Canada's Welland Canal.
The canal, which was constructed to link Lake Erie with Lake Ontario
and offers a safe detour around Niagara Falls, 10 miles away, has been shut down indefinitely
, disrupting traffic on the entire Great Lakes
St. Lawrence system.
Constable Larry Regnier of the Niagara Regional Police said a freighter
was traveling north through the canal at about 9 p.m. on Saturday when the lift bridge started lowering and smashed into the vessel, triggering a blaze; Canada's Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the accident.
While the damage is estimated to be in the millions, the 17-person crew, however, was able to escape with minor injuries.