Barges starting to travel down Mississippi River after oil spill
POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:49pm
Louisiana (NBC33) — A few boats are getting through a block in the Mississippi River today caused by a tanker accident.
The Coast Guard allowed a couple southbound vessels to pass in order to test how the traffic would affect efforts to remove oil from a leaking barge.
The Coast Guard says 7,000 gallons of crude oil were unaccounted for, but some could have seeped inside the barge.
The oil barge hit a railroad bridge early Sunday. There are still more than 50 barge tows waiting to pass through in both directions.