NEWS
Wed Nov 27, 2013 04:53 PM CST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Of an estimated 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel and oil that has spilled from a towboat that sank in the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, at least 85 percent has been removed and barge traffic has resumed on the busy waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Colin Fogarty said a backlog of boats that had built up since the Stephen L. Colby struck a submerged object and sank near LeClaire on Monday afternoon has cleared. Authorities reopened the waterway late Tuesday after determining it was safe to do so, ...

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