BOLIVAR COUNTY, MS – A barge accident took place on the Mississippi River last Saturday when a towing vessel pushing two asphalt barges struck a dike, causing asphalt to leak into the water. The coast guard arrived on the scene to assist.
According to Lt. Ryan Gomez, the accident occurred at about 4 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at mile marker 613 near Gunnison in Bolivar County. The damage to the barge caused approximately 10 gallons of asphalt to spill into the water.
Gomez said the company Genesis Marine is currently in the process of transferring the product from the damaged barge to another vessel.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
Source: Mississippi News Now
Blog post by barge injury lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP