• Over 60 barges break loose on Ohio River

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    Around 67 barges broke loose on the Ohio River Saturday, according Murray Energy River Operations officials. 

    At least one of the barges sank, according to officials. 

    Officials said 27 barges broke out of Jack's Run Mile 4 on the Ohio River and are against the Emsworth Locks and Dams. They were pushed down the river by sheets of ice. 

    Officials estimate that five barges went over the dam gates. 

    Around 35-40 barges also broke loose out of R&F/ Boggs Island Mile 93 on the Ohio River, according to officials. Some of them were as far as Moundsville Bridge. 

    The Coast Guard said it has secured 38 of the barges. 

    Many of the barges are believed to be empty, but some are carrying coal and cement. 


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