Two oil barges pushed by a tugboat slammed into a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Sunday, causing one to leak crude oil into the Mississippi River, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Officials used an “absorbent boom” to contain the undetermined amount of oil that leaked into the river after the collision, which occurred shortly after midnight and damaged both barges, Lieutenant Ryan Gomez said. The barge that is leaking was holding 80,000 gallons of light crude oil, he said. [...]
[...] Both barges are heavily damaged, according to a spokesperson.
It’s unknown how much oil is leaking in the Mississippi River. [...]
[...] 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’s office in Memphis, Tenn.
[...] The first barge was still leaking Sunday evening, and emergency workers set out booms to absorb and contain the oil, Gomez said. [...]
KNOE New Transcript:
Now the Coast Guard is working to repair a gash in one of the barges that’s leaking oil.
Herman Smith, Vicksburg official: It’s reported there’s a 24-foot gash in the side of the barge.
Published: January 27th, 2013 at 9:22 pm ET
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