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The towboat Natures Way Endeavor banks a barge against the western bank of the Mississippi River, Monday as an 18-wheeler crosses the Interstate 20 bridge. Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River after a barge leaked nearly 7,000 gallons of oil after striking a railroad bridge near Vicksburg.

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Barge leaked 7,000 gallons of oil

The Coast Guard said Tuesday that about 7,000 gallons of crude oil were unaccounted for aboard a leaking barge that had rammed a railroad bridge near Vicksburg on the Mississippi River, which remained closed for a third day as crews slowly pumped out oil.

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