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Mississippi River Crude Oil Leak Contained, Coast Guard Says

Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- An oil spill in the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, has been contained after two barges struck a railroad bridge, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

One of the barges released oil into the river and tank levels are being monitored for further leakage, the Coast Guard said. The amount of the leak hasn’t been determined, according to the statement. The tank held about 80,000 gallons of light crude oil.

The lower Mississippi River has been closed to traffic from mile marker 425 to mile marker 441 near Vicksburg. No injuries were reported.

The vessel towing the barges was owned by Nature’s Way Marine LLC, the Coast Guard said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Buurma in New York at cbuurma1@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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