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Barge Leaks Gas Into Ohio River

November 8, 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ A barge that was punctured after it rubbed against a metal barrier leaked about 2,000 gallons of gasoline into the Ohio River late Wednesday, prompting police to close off several downtown streets.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Todd Betteridge said the river was shut down from the Interstate 65 bridge to the McAlpin Locks.

No injuries were reported, and there had been no evacuations.

Louisville fire, police and hazardous materials units, as well as the Coast Guard, were trying to contain the spill.

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