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Barge with 80K gallons of oil hits Miss. bridge

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
 

A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for eight miles in each direction, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged.

Investigators did not know how much had spilled, but an oily sheen was reported as far as three miles downriver of Vicksburg after the 1:12 a.m. accident, said Lt. Ryan Gomez of the Coast Guard office in Memphis.

It wasn't clear whether the second barge also hit the bridge or if it ran into the first barge, he said. The first barge was still leaking late Sunday afternoon, and emergency workers set out booms to absorb and contain the oil, Gomez said. The river's closure halted at least five northbound and two southbound vessels, he said.

The bridge was found safe for trains, said Petty Officer Carlos Vega.

Both barges were being pushed by the tugboat Nature's Way Endeavor, a 3,000-horsepower, 90-foot-long boat.

 

 
 


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