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Barges hit railroad bridge at Vicksburg, 3rd day straight

1 year 1 week 1 day ago January 14, 2016 Jan 14, 2016 Thursday, January 14 2016 January 14, 2016 10:35 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow
Image: WLBT

VICKSBURG, Miss. - For the third day in a row, barges have hit a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River near Vicksburg.

The Coast Guard says it's evaluating ways to reduce the chance of future accidents, after three in three days.

A news release says the barges all apparently stayed in their tow and the river remained open to traffic after Thursday's 7:44 a.m. accident.

The old U.S. 80 bridge will remain closed until state and Vicksburg Bridge Commission inspectors have checked it for damage.

Four barges carrying coal sank on Tuesday after a towboat pushing 22 barges hit the bridge Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a grain barge sank after a towboat pushing 25 barges drifted sideways at the bend north of Vicksburg, and a barge clipped a bridge pier.

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