Barges sink in Mississippi River after hitting railroad bridge

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VICKSBURG, Miss. —  Two barges sunk in the Mississippi River after hitting a bridge near Vicksburg.

According to WAPT, twenty-two barges carrying coal were being towed down the river when it struck the U.S. 80 bridge just before 9 a.m.

After hitting the bridge, the barges reportedly broke free, and that’s when two of the barges sunk.

Officials were also concerned the barges hit the Interstate 20 bridge, but video from the scene revealed that was not the case.

All crew members have been accounted for, reported WLBT.

The swift current caused by the flood waters is thought to have played a role in the accident.

The U.S. 80 bridge is only used by trains and was forced to shutdown pending a structural evaluation.

WVBG News in Vicksburg shared videos of the scene on their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/WVBGNEWS/#!/WVBGNEWS/videos/vb.1470348259844389/1690939941118552/?type=2&theater

https://www.facebook.com/WVBGNEWS/#!/WVBGNEWS/videos/vb.1470348259844389/1690936941118852/?type=2&theater

 

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