Barge Disrupts Mon River Traffic Near Brownsville
22 February 2013
Commercial river traffic on the Monongahela River south of
Brownsville resumed Friday evening after being halted most of the
day because a loaded coal barge hit bottom and began taking water,
a Coast Guard officer said.
The towboat Francis J. Blank was pushing three barges between the
Maxwell Locks and Dam in East Millsboro and Brownsville when the
Coast Guard was notified at 6:45 a.m. that the lead barge struck
bottom in the navigation channel, Coast Guard Lt. Alanna McGovern
The captain pushed the barge onto the left riverbank to prevent it
from sinking, McGovern said. The navigation channel remained
closed until 7 p.m. while a salvage crew used a crane barge to
transfer the coal onto a hopper barge, she said.
There were no injuries and no indication of environmental damage,