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Mississippi River closed near Destrahan after bridge collision

Coast Guard
Posted at 11:35 AM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 12:35:13-04

The Coast Guard has closed the Mississippi River between mile markers 115 and 122 after a vessel collided with the Hale Memorial Boggs Bridge Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 1:30 a.m. that the ITV Cooperative Spirit, pushing 29 grain barges downriver, collided with the bridge.

No injuries, pollution or damage to the bridge was reported.

Of the 29 barges, 26 have been recovered, two have sunk, and one is still unaccounted for while inspectors search the area.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.