(In April 8 story, corrects ownership of bridge to Canadian
Pacific not Union Pacific, paragraph 4)
By Michael Hirtzer
April 8 The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday closed
the Mississippi River at Sabula, Iowa, after a barge struck a
railroad bridge, said Eric Washburn, bridge administrator for
the agency's Eighth District Western Rivers Bridge Branch.
The river was closed 1 mile (1.6 km) north and 1 mile south
of the site of the accident as of about 3 p.m. CDT (2000 GMT),
Washburn said. The barge was stuck in an open position. The
contents of the barge were unknown as investigators traveled to
the site, he said.
"The investigators will have to inspect the bridge and make
a determination if it needs repairs," added Tim Marriott,
enforcement chief for the Coast Guard's upper Mississippi River
The rail bridge was owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd
, said company spokesman Ed Greenberg.
The Mississippi River is the busiest U.S. waterway and the
main route to ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
(Reporting by Michael Hirtzer in Chicago; editing by Andrew