Mar 30, 2010 3:29 PM by Katie Durio
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard has reopened a portion
of the Mississippi River near St. Joseph, La., after a collision of
two towing vessels on Tuesday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers located a sunken barge and at 1
p.m., the Coast Guard determined the river was safe for vessels to
pass the area.
There were no injuries in the collision that occurred about
The Coast Guard says it was notified by the captain of the Hank
Tulodzieski, a 184-foot towing vessel, that his boat and another,
the 81-foot towboat Tiny Sanderson, had collided about 30 miles
south of Vicksburg.
The Coast Guard says the collision resulted in the sinking of
one barge that was carrying scrap steel. Another barge, carrying
Petroleum Coke, was recovered after being set adrift.
The Coast Guard is investigating the accident.