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Barges broke free and got stuck under the turntable of the historic railroad bridge at Louisiana on Tuesday, July 22.

Barges get stuck on railway bridge

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Two barges were lodged under the turntable of the Louisiana railroad bridge across the Mississippi River at Louisiana after breaking free from a tow about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22. U.S. Coast Guard St. Louis office spokesman Petty Officer Berry said no one was injured in the mishap and no pollution occurred as the Press-Journal went to press. Berry said the barges broke free from a string of 15,

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