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Barge hits Riverwalk mall in New Orleans, six dead, 100 injured

December 14, 1996

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A Liberian freighter apparently lost power and smashed into the packed Riverwalk shopping mall along the Mississippi River Saturday, killing at least six people and injuring as many as 100.

The cargo ship destroyed parts of the multi-tiered shopping center, as panicked shoppers and gamblers on the Flamingo Casino ship docked nearby jumped into the water.

The Liberian-registered Bright Field struck the Riverwalk, a strip of tony stores and condos overlooking the river, at 2 p.m. The impact sparked a fire as shoppers reported smelling gas.

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