Section of river Rhine closed after sulphuric acid barge capsizes

13 January 2011 09:26  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A barge carrying 2,400 tonnes of sulphuric acid has capsized on the Rhine river gorge in Germany, closing a section of it to shipping, a local police spokesman said on Thursday.

The spokesman for the police at the nearby city of Koblenz said none of the acid had escaped and the barge had been moved to the side of the river.

The cause of the accident, which happened at around 05:00 local time (04:00 GMT), was not known.

Two of the four people on board were taken to hospital, while the remaining two were still missing, the spokesman said.

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