Stillwater Lift Bridge Reopens to Motor Vehicle Traffic after Boat Crashes into Bridge

A boat struck the Stillwater Lift Bridge trying to make the 7 p.m. lift on Friday night. (Photo by Cory Buettner)

The Stillwater Lift Bridge has reopened to motor vehicle traffic after a cabin cruiser trying to make the 7 p.m. lift hit the bridge.

The boat struck the Lift Bridge as it was coming down from the up position, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The vessel, a 1967 37-foot cabin cruiser was driven by a Marine on the St Croix resident at the time of the crash, according to the Sheriff’s Office. As the boat travelled under the bridge, the upper portion of the boat struck the bridge and was sheered off.

A Stillwater woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.

The bridge was closed to motor vehicles for about two hours while MnDOT completed the inspection.

As you can see from the photo, the canopy of the cabin cruiser was heavily damaged from the crash.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and Lakeview EMS. The Minnesota State Patrol and MnDOT also responded to the crash.

This post will be updated with more information shortly.