VICKSBURG, Miss.--Over 250,000 gallons of oil, water ans ilt were removed from the Mississippi River after last weekend's oil spill. That spill followed the collision of two barges with the Hwy. 80 Mississippi River bridge that carries railroad traffic over the river at Vicksburg.
The U.S. Coast Guard has reduced a safety zone to one mile in either direction from the site of the wreck. Some 7,000 gallons of oil leaked from one of the barges. It was carrying about 80,000 gallons of light crude.
The river had been closed eight miles in either direction while crews from a third party company cleaned up the spill. A sheen was seen down river.