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Barge accident on MS River causes asphalt to leak in water

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BOLIVAR COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting with a barge accident on the Mississippi River that caused asphalt to leak into the water.

Lt. Ryan Gomez says that accident happened around 4 a.m. Saturday at mile marker 613 near Gunnison in Bolivar County.

Officials say a towing vessel pushing two asphalt barges struck a dike.

Damage to the barge allowed approximately 10 gallons of asphalt to enter the water.

Gomez says the company Genesis Marine is currently in the process of transferring the product from the damaged barge to another vessel.

Officials could not say to what impact the asphalt spill has had on the environment.

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