Barges Carrying Poisonous Compound Cause Navigation Incident, Dam Closure in Kentucky

(MENAFN) Ten barges were discharged from a tugboat, including one barge carrying 1,400 tons of a poisonous alcohol compound, officials claimed. This resulted in a "navigational incident " that has forced the closure of a set of locks for an Ohio River dam in Kentucky.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers claims that the event took place about two in the morning on Tuesday. The agency reported that out of 11 barges, 10 broke free from a tugboat, three were tied to a dam, and one was wedged up against a pier.

By Tuesday around midday, according to the Army Corp of Engineers, the pinned-against-the-pier barge had been freed. The remaining six barges were rescued, it said in a statement, and the locks on the dam would stay shut until the " barges on the dam are stabilized."

The ship with the methanol is half submerged at the McAlpine Locks and Dam in Louisville, Kentucky, according to a tweet from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. According to a spokesperson of Louisville Metro Emergency Services, the event prompted Louisville Fire to send hazmat monitors to the dam.


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