Friday, November 09, 2001

Fuel spilt into river

By Bruce Schreiner
The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — Barges carrying gasoline ruptured near downtown, spilling thousands of gallons of fuel into the Ohio River.

        A portion of the shipping lane was shut down and another barge arrived early Thursday to carry away gasoline remaining on the stricken barges.

        The barges began leaking after a collision with a piling late Wednesday, prompting police to close off several downtown streets.

        A strong odor of gasoline filled the air in downtown Louisville after the 10 p.m. incident.

        About a mile of the river was shut down from the Interstate 65 bridge to the McAlpine Locks, according to Lt. Steve Garcia of the U.S. Coast Guard.

        Lt. Garcia said the tanks of the barges that were leaking held some 315,000 gallons of gasoline. The entire barge contained 1.5 million gallons, he said.

        No injuries were reported, and there were no evacuations.

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