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Mississippi River barges stack up as oil spill closes waterway for third day

Tue, Jan 29, 2013

VICKSBURG, MS, Jan. 29, 2013 (USA Today) -Nearly four dozen vessels were stacked up Tuesday along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River as crews seek to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident.

Workers have been skimming oily water around the clock near here ever since a barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge and began leaking before dawn Sunday. The accident forced the closure of a 16-mile stretch of the lower Mississippi, a major inland corridor for vessels carrying oil, Midwest grains, goods and other vital commerce.

USA Today - Mississippi River remains closed after barge accident

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