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Mar 30, 2010 1:20 PM by Letitia Walker

Portion of Mississippi River Closed After Accident

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard has a portion of the

Mississippi River closed after two towing vessels collided Tuesday near

St. Joseph, La.

      There were no injuries in the collision that occurred about

midnight.

      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 incident.

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