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Barge breaks free, sinks after towboat hits Illinois bridge

Jul 7, 2015 10:22 AM

The incident at Thebes halts train traffic over the Mississippi River

Courtesy Southeast Missourian

(THEBES, Ill.) — A barge sank Saturday on the Mississippi River after the towboat that was guiding it struck a railroad bridge, the Southeast Missourian reported. After the vessel hit the concrete pier, the barges in the tow came apart in the strong current. Six trains were stopped until an inspection revealed that the bridge was not damaged.

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