Windoc, a bulk carrier, had loaded 26,000 metric tons of grain in Thunder Bay, Ontario, consigned for delivery to Montreal.
My name is Alan Hiscock and i was the wheelsman of Windoc vessel.
As the Windoc approached the Bridge, me, Capt. Ken Strong and the third mate watched from the pilothouse that the bridge span was raised to allow our vessel to pass underneath. But the span began coming down.
As a result, while proceeding downbound under Bridge 11 in the Welland Canal, the vessel was struck by the bridge's span
If I left the wheel, i was concerned that the vessel would drift out of control so i remained in the pilothouse As the Windoc slid under the bridge, the span ripped pilot house, passing above me
I managed to escape the crumpled pilothouse and run down an interior stairway. Once on deck, I joined other crew members who were mustering.
•The vessel drifted downbound from Bridge 11. A fire broke out in way of the main engine casing and spread to the accommodation structure. •The crew began fighting the fire using the vessel's emergency fire pump.
Police, fire, and ambulance services were dispatched to the scene of the accident
The Windoc's fires were out. Tugs were on scene working to move the Windoc and clear the channel After two days, on 13 August, the traffic had resumed.