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ALERT: Barge Carrying 1,400 Tons of Toxic Material Submerged in Ohio River


Residents who live along the Ohio River already had to worry about the East Palestine train derailment and release of vinyl chloride.

On Tuesday, another major incident occurred along the waterway.

Multiple emergency teams responded to a submerged barge carrying 1,400 tons of toxic methanol.

The “navigational incident” reportedly happened near Louisville, Kentucky.

It’s currently unknown if the barge has leaked any material.

Here’s footage:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released this statement:

The lock chambers at McAlpine Locks and Dam (Ohio River mile 606.8) in Louisville, Kentucky, are closed to traffic due to a navigation accident, which occurred approximately at 2 a.m. EDT on March 28. There are no injuries reported and all personnel are accounted for.

Three barges are pinned against the lower dam site, one barge is pinned against the Louisville and Indiana bridge pier and all other barges were recovered by other vessels in the local area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, navigation industry and marine surveyors to start the recovery efforts of the remaining barges. The locks will remain closed until the barges on the dam are stabilized.

All mariners should take direction from the lock operators at McAlpine Locks and Dam.

USACE will continue to coordinate closely with the USCG and the towing industry during this temporary closure.

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ABC News reported:

The closest water intake on the Ohio River from the affected dam is in Henderson, Kentucky — more than 100 miles away from Louisville, according to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

“There is no impact to Louisville Water’s water intake or water quality,” the utility company wrote in a tweet. “Your water is safe to drink.”

No one was injured in the incident.

Accumulations of methanol vapors in confined spaces can be explosive if ignited, according to the National Institutes of Health.



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