USA, Mississippi, Vicksburg, I-20 Highway bridge across the Mississippi River, dawn
(AP) -- The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River at Vicksburg after barges hit a railroad bridge there and about 30 barges broke free from the towboat "Captain Buck Lay."
Petty Officer Ryan Tippets says nine towboats with 134 barges were waiting to get through Sunday evening.
Every barge was accounted for, but the river remained closed with no word on when it might reopen. Tippets says three barges carried grain and the rest held coal.
Tippets says one barge sank in the traffic channel. He did not know whether it must be removed before the channel can reopen.
He says two others were partly submerged and pushed against the bank, a third was pushed up on a river dike and the rest had been collected.