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Apr 4, 2013 10:07 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

State probe of Bay Bridge strike to be released

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State officials are set to release the results of their investigation into the pilot of an empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in January.

The California Board of Pilot Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing to review the probe at 10 a.m. Thursday. The board will then go into closed session before announcing any action it plans to take against the pilot, Guy Kleess.

Kleess was in control of the 752-foot Overseas Reymar when the oil tanker hit a western-span tower of the bridge on Jan. 7.

He reportedly changed course immediately before clipping the tower. The U.S. Coast Guard has said the ship had been warned it was off course.

There was more than $2 million damage to the tower's wooden fenders, but no oil was spilled and there were no injuries.

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