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Leaking Barge Shuts Ohio River Traffic

January 31, 2006

Commercial traffic was halted along a five mile stretch of the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, following a barge accident, www.planetark.com reported. A barge carrying 20,000 barrels of liquid asphalt and 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel broke away from its tow the afternoon of January 26 as it was approaching the McAlpine Locks. The barge went over the spillway and was pinned against the K&I Railroad Bridge. The Coast Guard was evaluating when it could reopen the stretch from mile marker 606 to 611. An unknown amount of liquid asphalt and fuel had leaked into the river from the barge, which was still pinned against the bridge on January 27. No injuries related to the accident were reported and the cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

(Source: www.planetark.com)



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