30 barges broke free, St. Luis, Mississippi

U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District: At approximately 10:55 a.m. Apr 20 watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi received a call that 30 barges carrying coal and grain had broken free of their moorings after the lead barge had struck the Vicksburg Railroad Bridge. All of the barges have been accounted for. Two barges are partially submerged on the river bank. One barge is aground on a dike. One barge is sunk just south of the I-20 bridge piling parallel to the channel. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port St. Louis has set a safety zone on the Mississippi river extending from MM 155 to MM 170. Photos of the runaway barges from kwom.com, St. Louis. More photos at http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Coast-Guard-Barge-breakway-in-St-Louis-Harbor-Jefferson-Bridge-Closed-203982451.html 

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