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Mississippi Reopens After Barge Accident

A railroad bridge is undamaged and Mississippi River traffic is moving again at Louisiana, Missouri, after barges broke free from their tow and became stuck under the bridge.

Fifteen barges became dislodged about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday from a tow operated by Marquette Transportation Company of Paducah, Kentucky. Three of the barges passed under the Louisiana Railroad Drawbridge, but 12 became stuck.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said Wednesday that the barges were separated two at a time throughout the day. Rail traffic was allowed to resume across the bridge at 7 p.m., and about an hour later, river traffic resumed.

No one was hurt. Vega says the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Michael Rose

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