Jan 27 Two oil barges pushed by a tugboat
slammed into a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on
Sunday, causing one to leak crude oil into the Mississippi
River, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Officials used a boom to contain the undetermined amount of
oil that leaked into the river after the collision which
occurred shortly after midnight and damaged both barges,
Lieutenant Ryan Gomez said.
"A towing vessel was pushing two barges side-by-side and
they struck one of the Vicksburg railroad bridge piers," Gomez
No one was injured in the accident, which sent federal,
state and local officials to the scene, including the industry's
Oil Spill Response Organization.
Gomez said he did not have information about any of the
companies involved in the oil transport. Both barges were
carrying oil but the amount was not known, Gomez said.
The barges were pushed up against the river bank while a
team at the scene decided how to clean up the spill, he said.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Edith Honan and