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    Coast Guard Shuts Part of Mississippi River After Barge Sinks
    2008-04-01 12:21 (New York)    By Robert Tuttle
         April 1, 2008 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Coast Guard said it has
    closed a section of the Mississippi river near Vicksburg,
    Mississippi, after a barge collided with a bridge and sank.
         The section of the river between mile marker 422 and 440
    was shut at 12:30 a.m. local time, the Coast Guard said in a
    release today. The barge, which was carrying steel coil, struck
    the Vicksburg Highway 80 Bridge.
         “The Coast Guard is working with the Army Corps of
    Engineers to find the exact position of the sunken barge so the
    river can be reopened to commercial traffic,” the Coast Guard
    said.

    —Editor: Bill Banker, Joe Link

    To contact the reporter on this story:
    Robert Tuttle in New York at +1-212-617-3465

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