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Ships collide on Mississippi River

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Posted: Aug 13, 2014 4:48 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Aug 13, 2014 8:15 AM
Source: U.S. Coast Guard

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Topics: ship, crash, accident, Mississippi River, Gretna, oil spill

NEW ORLEANS - An investigation is underway following a multiple-ship collision on the Mississippi River just outside of New Orleans.

The Coast Guard received a report that a Maltese-ship lost power and steering near Gretna. It collided with another ship and barge that were docked at the International Matex Tank Terminals.

One of the ships was transferring fuel oil from the barge at the time of the accident. Oil started pouring into the river when the barge broke free, but the hose was immediately shut off.

The Coast Guard says crews deployed boom in the area once they arrived. They are now investigating the accident.

No injuries were reported.

IMAGE: WWLTV

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