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CONVENT - Traffic on the Mississippi River is slowly resuming after three vessels collided Monday night.

The Coast Guard said Monday night that a smaller ship broke free from its mooring near Convent, drifted across the river and hit a tug or towing vessel as well as a tanker ship. Photos posted on social media show the towing vessel wedged between the two larger ships. The smaller vessel appears to be damaged in a second photo, showing it being towed away from the crash site.

The tug began taking on water but was able to ground itself on the river bank before sinking, the Associated Press reported.

Officials said there were no injuries. The Coast Guard said 420 gallons of fuel oil from one of the ships spilled into the river, and that the spill had been contained with booms. They said a cleaning company was in the area to clear the oil at this time.

A source told WBRZ News 2 that water plants downriver from the crash site were put on notice about any potential slick in the water.

The Coast Guard said there were restrictions on the river Tuesday morning, but those were due to visibility and not the collision.

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