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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2001 12:00 am

By DALE CULPEPPER

Valley Morning Star

PORT ISABEL Officials began ferrying vehicles from South Padre Island to

Port Isabel on Wednesday, four days after a barge accident shut down the Queen

Isabella Causeway.

Early Saturday, a convoy of industrial barges rammed a causeway support

column, causing a 140-foot section of the bridge to collapse. Five people

whose vehicles plunged into the Laguna Madre are confirmed dead and recovery

efforts continue for others still missing.

Using two barges as a temporary loading dock at the Island and a 95-foot by

45-foot ferry that had been sent down from Port Aransas, the Texas Department

of Transportation began hauling vehicles 14 to 15 at a time around 5 p.m.

Wednesday.

Were gonna keep at it until 10 tonight if we can, Chano Falcon, TxDOT

district maintenance manager said.

Falcon said officials plan to operate the ferry from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Some factors could disrupt the schedule.

The wind, the currents or if there is a large vessel coming up from

Brownsville they draw too much water. We would have to stay out of their

way, Falcon said.

Falcon estimates that without interruptions a load of vehicles could leave the

Island every hour and 20 minutes.

Vehicles are loaded onto the ferry at Childrens Beach, the southernmost part

of the Island. The ferry reaches Port Isabel about 25 minutes later at the

docks on Port Road, just south of Casino del Mar.

Were making plans to bring another (ferry) down from Port Aransas this

Friday, Falcon said, adding that contracting a commercial ferry also is a

possibility.

Dana Babbit, heading back to Lubbock with her husband, said that additional

ferries might be the only travel option.

She was 11th in line for a ferry ticket when Island visitors started picking

up tickets Monday at the SPI Convention Centre.

Weve been asking people, What number are you? And the highest number weve

heard is in the 800s. she said.

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