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Coast Guard looks for ways to prevent future barge accidents

The Coast Guard is looking at ways to prevent future accidents. Shutting down traffic is a possibility.  Source: WLBT The Coast Guard is looking at ways to prevent future accidents. Shutting down traffic is a possibility.  Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The third barge accident on the Mississippi River in Vicksburg was minor compared to the others, according to officials.  

No barges broke free or sank, and there were no injuries.  

Two other accidents this week resulted in five barges sinking and river traffic closed temporarily.

Warren County Emergency Management Agency Director John Elfer said, "It's apparently quite a challenge to get those barges lined up with the last curve when they're headed southbound. That's what you've seen this week you've seen 3 vessels that have been unsuccessful in trying to negotiate that."

Barge traffic was allowed to continue after the accident.  

The Coast Guard is looking at ways to prevent future accidents. Shutting down traffic is a possibility.  

John Elfer said, "We work with the Coast Guard obviously they're the final authority on navigation issues out there and if at some point they feel like it's unsafe or they have to close it, then they will and we've seen that several times this week."

The Old Highway bridge has again been inspected for damage.  

Emergency Management officials will continue to monitor barge traffic, ready to respond at a moments notice.  

John Elfer said, "We want to know immediately or as soon as we can so if we do have to certainly rescue people that's our primary focus is life safety then mitigate any damage, chemical wise working with our partners at MDEQ, EPA they're all involved in this, the Coast Guard obviously."

The Mississippi river is expected to crest on Friday.  

Officials say they're expecting a slow fall, meaning flood conditions could persist for over two weeks.

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