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Mississippi Barge Accident Causes Oil Spill; Shuts Down River

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – An accident on the Mississippi river caused the breakaway of 14 barges and the spill of about 300 gallons of crude oil.

A release from the US Coast Guard explains that a vessel struck a fleeting area near Alton, IL at around 1:00am on Friday.  14  barges broke loose and collided with dry docks and a barge loading crude oil causing a spill.

The Mississippi river was shut down from mile marker 194 to 198 until about 2:15am while crews worked to clean up the accident.  The US Coast Guard says that all barges, flats and dry docks have been secured.  They are assessing any environmental damage from the oil spill.

There were no injuries reported in the accident.

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