Coast Guard continues response to tug and barge accident on the Ohio River

The Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Towing Company, the responsible party, continue their response to a tug and barge accident on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, December 28, 2018. The Coast Guard reopened the Ohio River to all vessel traffic from Twelve Mile Island to McAlpine Lock and Dam. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley/Released)

The Coast Guard continues their response to a tug and barge accident on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, December 28, 2018.  (Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Towing Company, the responsible party, are continuing their response to a tug and barge accident on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, Friday.

The Coast Guard reopened the Ohio River to all vessel traffic from Twelve Mile Island to McAlpine Lock and Dam.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report at approximately 8:10 p.m., Tuesday, that the towing vessel Debbie Graham, which was pushing 15 loaded coal barges, made contact with the 2nd Street Bridge on the Ohio River.


The contact caused the vessel’s 15 barges to break free.

Six barges have been recovered.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.


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