Sheriff Sid Gautreaux answers questions about barge accident

POSTED: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 2:23pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 2:44pm

NBC33’s Brix Fowler just got answers from Sheriff Sid Gautreaux live on air.

UPDATE: Friday, 3:10p.m.

More details are available now about the barge accident that happened this afternoon. According to the United States Coast Guard, no barges hit the US 190 bridge. That bridge is now reopen.

The USCG says 20 barges were being pushed downriver when four broke loose. One barge hit the Rhodia dock; two sank. One barge was carrying sulfuric acid, but no leak has been detected.

Right now, the Mississippi River is closed from mile marker 232 to 237 while this accident is being cleared.

Tune in to NBC33 News at 5pm for the latest information and video from the scene.

---This is an update to an earlier post. 

Friday, 2:00p.m.

Breaking news on the Mississippi River right now. Several barges have hit US 190 that's the old Mississippi River Bridge. 

According to East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreax, at lease five barges have hit the bridge. Three grain barges have already sunk. Two more barges, carrying cargo from Rodia Chemical could contain sulfuric acid. Sheriff Gautreaux says one of those barges may have already hit sunk.

Right now, US 190 is closed to all traffic. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Marine Search and Rescue boat is on the scene with a Coast Guard crew on board. So far, there is no report of any injuries.

NBC33 News has a crew in route to the bridge. We will post updates to this site as soon as new information becomes available. On NBC33 News at 5pm, we will have a live report with the latest information.

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