Tug MICHAEL G. MORRIS allision with bridge and breakaway barges, Mississippi
USCG Apr 6 NEW ORLEANS: The Coast Guard is responding to an allision and barge breakaway on the Mississippi River at mile marker 43.7 near Thebes, Illinois, at approximately 5 a.m. Apr 6.
The Coast Guard has closed the Mississippi River from mile marker 30 to mile marker 44 after the tow vessel Michael G. Morris allided with the Thebes Railroad Bridge at mile marker 43.7, causing the 30 barges it was pushing to breakaway. One barge reportedly struck a barge of another tow vessel and one barge containing soybeans is reportedly sinking.
Apr 7 Update: The Mississippi River is now closed to all traffic from mile marker 44 to mile marker 20, with the exception of authorized vessels involved in the incident. The allision caused all 30 barges loaded with grain to breakaway. One sank at mile marker 42 of the Mississippi River and another sank next to the Thebes Railroad Bridge.
The owner of the Thebes Railroad Bridge had the bridge inspected and reopened the bridge to all traffic.