The Mississippi River has reopened at Vicksburg, Miss., today, after officials determined there was enough water covering a barge that sank over the weekend to allow other vessels to safely navigate through, The Washington Post reports.
The U.S. Coast Guard closed the river yesterday after the U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge was struck by barges that broke free from a string under tow. About 30 barges broke free. One barge, carrying petroleum coke, sank, and three other barges ran aground along the river. The cause of the accident remains unclear.
After the river reopened, the Coast Guard began clearing 119 southbound vessels first and then planned to move 233 waiting northbound vessels.
The barges were being pushed by the boat Captain Buck Lay, which is owned by Memco Barge Line, the Coast Guard told a Fremont Tribune reporter.