Two barges hit bridge in Miss.; one spills oil

Updated at 9:39 a.m. — VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard says oil has spilled into the Mississippi after two barges hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, and the river is closed for eight miles in each direction.

Lt. Ryan Gomez said sheen was reported three miles downriver of Vicksburg. The hit occurred about 1:12 a.m. Gomez said booms were set around the barges to absorb and contain oil.

He said he doesn’t know how much oil has leaked or how much the barges carried. He said one may have been damaged by hitting the other barge.

He identified the tugboat pushing both barges as the Nature’s Way Endeavor.

Petty Officer Carlos Vega saidthe bridge has been deemed safe for trains and that federal, state and local authorities were heading there to assess damage.

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