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Part of Ohio River in Kentucky re-opened after barge mishap

December 29, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a section of the Ohio River in Kentucky has re-opened after a tugboat and coal barge accident forced its closing.

Coast Guard officials say a towing vessel was pushing 15 loaded coal barges when it hit the 2nd Street Bridge on the Ohio River in Louisville on Tuesday.

The crash caused the 15 barges to break free. The Coast Guard says six barges have sunk.

Coast Guard officials said late Friday that the Ohio River has reopened to all vessel traffic from Twelve Mile Island to McAlpine Lock and Dam. The Coast Guard said Saturday that traffic is only permitted during daylight hours and with an assist vessel.

A city official says the coal spill is not expected to affect drinking water.

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