Belle Of Louisville Collision Results In Injuries, Damage

by Rick Howlett on October 17, 2009

Several people suffered slight injuries Saturday afternoon when the historic Belle of Louisville steamboat struck a barge on the Ohio River near Six Mile Island.

The vessel’s paddlewheel was damaged and the Belle had to be towed back to its downtown landing.

Waterfront Development Corporation Director David Karem tells the Courier-Journal that the Belle was pushed into the parked barge by strong winds as it was turning around during a midday excursion.

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Karolon Johnson October 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I would like to know more about the damage incurred by the Belle of Louisville following the accident on Oct. 17th. How serious is the damage?

Rick Howlett October 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm


WFPL’s Gabe Bullard has filed a follow-up report on the accident.

The damage was apparently limited to the paddlewheel and its mechanism,
but an assessment continues.

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