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Belle of Louisville steamboat crashes into barge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Several passengers aboard the Belle of
Louisville suffered minor injuries Saturday when a strong wind
pushed the steamboat into a parked barge on the Ohio River,
authorities said.
The incident happened around 1:45 p.m. about a quarter-mile
north of Harrods Creek.
Vince Luney, a 911 supervisor, told The Associated Press there
were minor injuries, but he didn't know how many passengers were
involved.
Belle of Louisville CEO Linda Harris told The Courier-Journal of
Louisville that about 300 people - many of them elderly - were
aboard the steamboat and that about six to eight people suffered
minor injuries.
David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development
Corp. that manages the Belle for the city, said the steamboat was
pushed into the barge by a strong wind while it was on a public
cruise that started around noon.
The Belle suffered paddlewheel damage and lost power.
"The paddlewheel is pretty wrecked," said Maj. Kevin Tyler of
the Harrods Creek Fire Department.
Two tugs guided the Belle back toward downtown, where it arrived
about 3:30, officials said.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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