NEWS
Barge Damages Miss. River Lock Gate
Tue Jan 22, 2013 05:05 PM CST

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mississippi River shipping was halted Tuesday north of St. Louis after a barge got caught up on an auxiliary lock's gate at one of the waterway's busiest points, causing a swelling barge jam that could persist into the week, the Army Corps of Engineers said.

Corps spokesman Mike Petersen said the accident happened about 5 a.m. in the 600-foot-long lock near Granite City, Ill., that had been pressed into greater duty since the adjacent main lock -- twice the length of the damaged one -- began undergoing repairs early last month.

Corps crews were scrambling later ...

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