Collision on Mississippi

Collision on Mississippi


The 52 meter long towboat collided with the  tanker barge E2MS303 on the Mississippi River near Vacherie,  Louisiana.  The Lindsay Ann Erickson was pushing grain barges and was moving out of the navigation lanes when it struck one of two barges being pushed by the 27 meter long towboat Hannah C. Settoon.  The tanker barge ruptured spilling light crude into the river.



A light sheen of oil was reported, but the amount released was not yet known.   The Coast Guard stopped traffic on a 65 mile stretch of the river until the pollution could be cleaned up.  The cause of the collision is under investigation.  No reports of injuries.

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