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VOL. 131 | NO. 11 | Friday, January 15, 2016

Barges Hit Railroad Bridge at Vicksburg, 3rd Day Straight

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – For the third day in a row, barges have hit a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River near Vicksburg.

The Coast Guard says it's evaluating ways to reduce the chance of future accidents, after three in three days.

A news release says the barges all apparently stayed in their tow and the river remained open to traffic after Thursday's 7:44 a.m. accident.

The old U.S. 80 bridge will remain closed until state and Vicksburg Bridge Commission inspectors have checked it for damage.

Four barges carrying coal sank on Tuesday after a towboat pushing 22 barges hit the bridge Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a grain barge sank after a towboat pushing 25 barges drifted sideways at the bend north of Vicksburg, and a barge clipped a bridge pier.

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