Mar 30, 2010 3:29 PM by Katie Durio

Mississippi River Back Open After Collision


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.




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