Barges break free, closing portion of Mississippi River

Barges break free, closing portion of Mississippi River

(WVUE) - Twenty-two barges broke free Wednesday, closing a portion of the Mississippi River, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office.

The closure began just before 1 p.m. near Davant. The river was closed from mile marker 51-54.

No injuries were reported. The barges were loaded with coal and petroleum coke. The Coast Guard is working with the responsible party to account for all of the barges.

"As a result of the breakaway, three deep-draft motor vessels transiting the river sustained damage after colliding with a few of the barges," the Coast Guard said in a news release. "A portion of dry-bulk soy beans from one of the vessels entered the river and the release has since been secured. The three affected deep-draft vessels are safely anchored." will update this story as details are released.

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