Contractor works to recover sunken barge that hit bridge

A grain barge is coming off the bottom of the Mississippi River after it hit a bridge at Vicksburg and sank.

Posted: May 20, 2018 11:06 PM

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A grain barge is coming off the bottom of the Mississippi River after it hit a bridge at Vicksburg and sank.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Erik Brehaut tells The Vicksburg Post that a contractor seeks to raise the barge Saturday.

Brehaut says a contractor built an A-frame at the site Friday to lift the barge.

He says the river's channel isn't blocked and vessels can avoid the sunken barge.

The barge sank after it hit the older of two bridges at Vicksburg on Thursday.

The towboat Jeffrey G was traveling downriver with about 30 barges when the barges hit the bridge. Several others broke loose and had to be recovered.

The Jeffrey G is owned by Marquette Transportation Co. of Paducah, Kentucky. The towboat is based at St. Louis.

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