Part of Miss. River still closed after oil spill

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Posted: Feb 24, 2014 7:47 AM
Updated: Feb 24, 2014 7:47 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: oil spill, Mississippi River, towboat, barge, Coast Guard

NEW ORLEANS - A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is still closed Monday morning due to an oil spill.

Crews are working to clean up oil from a barge that hit a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie , 47 miles west of New Orleans. In nearby St. Charles Parish, officials say public drinking water intakes on the river are closed as a precaution.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough says the barge was one of two loaded with light crude being pushed by the Hannah C. Settoon. He says it hit the Lindsay Ann Erickson, which was pushing grain barges.Colclough says officials don't know how much oil spilled, but only a sheen of oil is reported on the river.

No was injured in the collision.

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