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Oil Spill Cleanup Backs Up 800 Barges Along Mississippi

Almost 800 barges are backed up in the southern portion of the Mississippi River while an oil spill is cleaned up, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Traffic has been halted at Vicksburg, Mississippi, since Jan. 27 when a towboat with two barges ran into a railroad bridge, spilling oil from a tank containing 80,000 gallons of light crude. The oil remaining in the tank is being transferred to another vessel, said Lieutenant Ryan Gomez, a Coast Guard spokesman in Memphis, Tennessee. No timeline has been set to open the river, he said today in an interview.