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River reopens after towboat collision

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Coast Guard has reopened a portion of the Mississippi River near St. Joseph, La., after a collision of two towing vessels yesterday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers located a sunken barge and at 1 p.m., the Coast Guard determined the river was safe for vessels to pass the area.

There were no injuries in the collision that occurred about midnight.

The Coast Guard says it was notified by the captain of the Hank Tulodzieski, a 184-foot towing vessel, that his boat and another, the 81-foot towboat Tiny Sanderson, had collided about 30 miles south of Vicksburg.

The Coast Guard says the collision resulted in the sinking of one barge that was carrying scrap steel. Another barge, carrying Petroleum Coke, was recovered after being set adrift.

The Coast Guard is investigating the accident.

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