Crude oil spill follows barge collision on Misssisippi River near Vicksburg

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Posted on January 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

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The Coast Guard is investigating a crude oil spill on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, after two tank barges slammed into a railroad bridge early Sunday.

The scene is near mile marker 434, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

Coast Guard officials were notified at 1:30 a.m. Sunday that two tank barges, towed by the tug Nature's Way Endeavor, allided with the Vicksburg Railroad river bridge. 

Both of the barges were carrying crude oil and one released oil into the lower Mississippi River, the Coast Guard said.

It is not clear how much crude oil was released into the river, officials said, but they said that the source of the leak has been contained.  The leaking tank contained about 80,000 gallons of light crude oil.

No injuries were reported.

A pollution response team is assessing the size of the spill and will oversee cleanup operations. 

The source has been contained and tank levels are being monitored for further leakage. The actual amount of the spill has not yet been determined, but the leaking tank contained approximately 80,000 gallons of light crude oil.

A section of the lower Mississippi River has been closed to all traffic from mile marker 425 to mile marker 441 near Vicksburg as a result of the spill.

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