Barge crash closes part of Miss. River for 3 hours

Published 12:27 am Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Coast Guard says it closed 10 miles of the Mississippi River for three hours after a towboat hit a bridge and all six barges broke free from the vessel C.B. Ford.

Petty Officer Casey J. Ranel says the section was reopened Sunday after the barges were recovered. She said no one was hurt and no pollution was reported.

Ranel says she didn’t know whether the crash damaged the Old Greenville Bridge, about halfway between Little Rock, Ark., and Jackson.

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The accident occurred about 5:20 a.m.