(Updates with the volume of oil aboard leaking barge)
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 an "absorbent 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. The barge that is
leaking was holding 80,000 gallons of light crude oil, he 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. Federal, state and local
officials, as well as the industry's Oil Spill Response
Organization, were on the scene.
Gomez said he did not have information about any of the
companies involved in the oil transport.
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,
Mohammad Zargham and Stacey Joyce)