Company: Tug captain who hit Biloxi bridge temporarily off the job

The tug boat captain who hit the Popp's Ferry bridge with a barge has been temporarily taken off the job.

Southern Tow president Bill Stegbauer says the captain was not hurt in Friday's accident that knocked out a section of the bridge, but the captain is not working at this time.

Stegbauer said "Normal policy when any pilot has accident is to take them off and find a replacement because they are very emotional."

Meanwhile Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway announced on Saturday that he has called for a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday morning. He says he will ask the city council to declare a state of emergency which will make the Popp's Ferry bridge eligible for federal disaster aid because it is a hurricane evacuation route.

Mayor Holloway also plans to meet with MDOT officials on Monday. He says if MDOT handles the repairs, the process would move more quickly because MDOT doesn't have the constraints the city does.

MDOT officials tell WLOX, they have already agreed to take on that project.

WLOX will have more on this story at 5:30 p.m.