Ohio River Reopened After Barges Sink

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Coast Guard says barge traffic has resumed along a stretch of the Ohio River at Louisville where two barges carrying iron ore sank the day before.

Coast Guard Lt. j.g. John Adkins said Saturday that nearly a dozen towboats - each pushing a string of barges - were backed up waiting for the river to reopen.

He says the vessels headed downriver are being allowed to proceed first.

Adkins says salvage operations have begun to remove the iron ore from the two barges. He says a crane is dropping a large bucket into the river to retrieve the iron ore. The material is being loaded onto an empty barge.

Adkins says additional equipment is expected to arrive Sunday to begin efforts to refloat the barges.

The Coast Guard says no injuries were reported in the sinking and no hazardous materials were released. The barges sank near the Belle of Louisville Wharf on Friday afternoon.

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