Section of Mississippi closed in Louisiana after vessels collide

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Posted: Apr 07, 2015 12:08 AM

(Reuters) - A section of the Mississippi River near Convent, Louisiana, was closed on Monday after a bulk carrier collided with a towing vessel and a ship offloading crude oil, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

"The Mississippi River is closed from mile marker 163 to mile marker 154," the statement from the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The cause of the incident is under investigation and initial assessments show about 420 gallons of oil were discharged into the river.

No injuries were reported.

(Reporting by Anupam Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill)