Barge runs with 3.7 million gallons of gasoline runs aground in Detroit River

DETROIT – The U.S. Coast Guard and local salvage compaines are working to safely remove a barge that ran aground Sunday, at 6:30 p.m., on the Detroit River.

The 115-meter barge contains approximately 3.7 million gallons of gasoline.

The 41-meter tug William J. Moore and the barge were leaving Sarnia, Ontario, bound for Montreal when the barge ran aground approximately 100 yards northwest of the Detroit River Light.

Coast Guard Air Station Detroit launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter to assess damages and look for any pollution. Coast Guard Sector Detroit has three prevention dept. inspectors on board the William J. Moore to check for damage.

No pollution or gasoline sheens have been reported.

The tugs Superior and Wyoming are currently assisting with salvage operations. Additional tugs are en route to provide assistance.

Sector Detroit and Transport Canada will work together to investigate the incident.

“We will work with Transport Canada in a cooperative effort to best determine why this happened and how we can to prevent this from happening again,” said Lt Wade Hedinger, Sector Detroit’s public affairs officer.

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