Tow vessel sinks in Mississippi River, no reports of oil spilled

A tow vessel pushing eight other vessels sank in the Mississippi River around midnight, says the Coast Guard.

According to the Coast Guard, the vessel was carrying approximately 11,500 gallons of diesel. So far, there are no reports of any oil being spilled into the water.

The vessel struck a piling at mile marker 100.7. Three people were on board at the time and escaped safely.

The tow vessel is about 98 percent submerged. An oil spill response team is on scene inspect the ship and determine if any fuel is leaking.

The waterway remains open.