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Two barge accidents hold up boat traffic on the Mississippi River
MISSISSIPPI RIVER -- Two barge accident are snarling boat traffic on the Mississippi River.
The Coast Guard closed the river at Vickburg yesterday.
About 30 barges in tow broke free and at least one of them sank.
They're trying to figure out if that sunken barge is a navigational hazard.
The barges were being moved by the Memco Barge Line.
About 500 miles north of there near St. Louis 114 barges broke free on Saturday.
Some of them hit the Jefferson Barracks Bridge.
Their recovery is expected to disrupt river traffic south of the bridge for several days.
The Coast Guard says the goal is to get the river back to normal operations in the safest and most effective way.
The barges involved in this accident belong to American Commercial Lines.