Barge accident, oil spill close 16 miles of Mississippi river

28 January 2013 19:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A 16-mile section of the Mississippi river remained closed on Monday because of an oil spill stemming from a barge collision with a bridge, the US Coast Guard said.

The accident near Vicksburg, Mississippi, occurred early Sunday morning when two tank barges loaded with crude oil collided with a river bridge. Both of the tank barges were damaged, and one barge released oil into the river.

USCG spokesman Jonathan Lally said it has not been determined how much oil was spilled. The leaking tank contained approximately 80,000gal of light crude oil.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit at Vicksburg dispatched a pollution response team to assess the size of the spill and oversee cleanup operations. 

The Coast Guard said the river has been closed from mile marker 425 to mile marker 441 near Vicksburg.


By: Lane Kelley
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