Coast Guard says responding to barge allision on Mississippi River

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Posted: Jan 15, 2016 2:16 PM

(Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday it was responding to a barge allision on the Mississippi River in New Orleans that resulted in the brief closure of a section of the river.

A tow vessel, Lucia, ran into stationary barges at 12:17 a.m. at mile marker 95 on the river, resulting in six barges breaking away from the fleeting area, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The river was closed from mile marker 93 to mile marker 96.5, before it was reopened on Friday morning. The barges that broke free have been secured.

About 20 gallons of residual petroleum-based product contained in transfer lines at the fleeting area are believed to have discharged into the river, the Coast Guard said.

(Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Dan Grebler)