The US Coast Guard announced that the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 126 and 131 has been closed to navigation following a collision between two towing vessels and their barges. There have been no reports of caustic soda entering the water. Also, there were no reported injuries.
The US Coast Guard has issued directive to restrict towboats from pushing barges under bridges between mile markers 363 and 438 following two recent accidents in the Low Mississippi River: a bridge allision near Natchez and a second one near Vicksburg.
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