Barge breakaway reported on Ohio River near Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Coast Guard says the Racine Lock and Dam on the Ohio River near Huntington is closed after a barge breakaway.

No injuries or spills were reported.

The Coast Guard said in a news release Thursday that a tug was pushing three barges loaded with more than 3.7 million gallon of natural gas condensate when it hit the lock wall around 5:30 a.m. The release said the barges broke away.

The lock and dam is closed, and the Coast Guard said it left a queue of 13 vessels that are upbound and 11 downbound.

The release said one barge is contained in the lock, and the other two and the vessel are pinned against dam gates.

The Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and Settoon Towing Co. set up a command for the incident.

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