Two oil barges slam into bridge on Mississippi River, both heavily damaged — Coast Guard trying to fix 24-foot gash — Sheen reported miles away — “Still leaking Sunday evening” (VIDEO)

Published: January 27th, 2013 at 9:22 pm ET
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Reuters:

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. [...]

KNOE 8 News:

[...] Both barges are heavily damaged, according to a spokesperson.

It’s unknown how much oil is leaking in the Mississippi River. [...]

AP:

[...] 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.

Watch broadcast here

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3 comments to Two oil barges slam into bridge on Mississippi River, both heavily damaged — Coast Guard trying to fix 24-foot gash — Sheen reported miles away — “Still leaking Sunday evening” (VIDEO)

  • Jebus

    I won't comment on the above, I hope it gets deleted…

    Oil spills after two barges strike Mississippi River bridge

    One of the barges began spewing oil into the river, officials said. It was unclear how much oil was spilled. The U.S. Coast Guard said the source of the spill, a leaking tank filled with 80,000 gallons of crude oil, had been "contained."

    The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Vicksburg is in charge of the cleanup, and a stretch of the river was closed after the spill. A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, Lt. Ryan Gomez, told the Associated Press that oil booms had been set up around the barges.

    The Nature's Way Endeavor is owned by Nature’s Way Marine LLC, officials said.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-oil-spill-mississippi-20130127,0,6127077.story

    Nature's Way Endeavor, Nature’s Way Marine, huh? Oh the irony….


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  • Tkayshakur Tkayshakur

    FREEDOMROX…….I like your way of thought but hate the truth we have to face, not only the gulf but if not contained could potentilly affect life all the way down through Louisiana…this will help the cancer in the state. The sinkhole(s) is(are) the tumor(s).


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