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Barge Crash on Mississippi River in Vicksburg

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Vicksburg, MS -

Jude Frye and his wife, Audra were headed to breakfast Sunday morning when they noticed something unusual on the Mississippi River.

"My wife saw a barge close to where we were standing, so we walked up to see it, looked up towards the bridge and noticed that there were barges scattered everywhere," Frye said. "Sideways, backwards, forward, and another barge and smaller boat chasing them around."

According to U.S. Coast Guard officials, a 30-barge tow owned by AEP River Operations struck the bridge.

The wires connecting the barges broke apart and those barges broke free.

Frye says "It was very chaotic, it seemed to be very out of control. The other barges had appeared to get out of the way and let the ones that were floating free pass I guess. To keep from getting hit."

The barges were carrying petroleum coke and grain.

Of those 30 barges, one sank to the bottom of the river.

The Coast Guard and Army Corp of Engineers are trying to locate the sunken barge.

The remaining 29 that broke free have all been found, 26 have been pushed back together and are floating, and three are pushed up against the banks of the river.

The cause of the crash is unknown, and the matter is under investigation.

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