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Collision between barges puts oil in river, slows traffic

 Monday, February 20, 2012

Investigators are trying to figure out what led two barges to collide on the Mississippi River Friday morning around 2 a.m. near mile marker 139 in St. John the Baptist Parish. The collision caused oil from a tank barge to spill into the river and ships have been operating under restricted movement in the area since. Crews have placed containment boom around a tank barge in the Mississippi River. A large 10-foot by five-foot gaping hole was apparent, marking where oil spilled. “The got a hole big enough in the barge to put a car in it,” said Willie Robert, a witness.