San Francisco Chronicle

The Coast Guard is looking at human error as a possible explanation for an accident Monday in which an empty oil tanker sideswiped a tower of the Bay Bridge, officials said.

No oil spilled into the bay when the starboard side of the tanker, the Overseas Reymar, scraped the easternmost tower of the bridge's western span at 11:20 a.m. as the ship headed out to sea, the Coast Guard said.

Caltrans said that the fenders around the tower were damaged, but that the bridge itself was unharmed. No one was injured.

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