Fuel oil barge leaking after collision with another ship

Officials say a barge carrying 924,000 gallons of fuel oil has collided with another ship in the Houston ship channel and is leaking oil.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement Saturday that it received a call at about 12:30 p.m. from the captain of the 585-foot ship Summer Wind reporting its collision with a barge.

The barge was being towed from Texas City to Bolivar at the time. Kirby Inland Marine, owner of the tow vessel Miss Susan and the barges, is working with the Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office at the scene, according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard did not give an estimate of how much oil had leaked into Galveston Bay.

A sheen of oil was been reported on the water, but it was unknown how much oil had leaked, the statement said.


Six crew members of the tow vessel are all in stable condition.

Texas City Homeland Security director Bruce Clawson told The Daily News in Galveston that the barge sank and that there is no danger to the community.

A segment of the Houston ship channel was closed to traffic, the Coast Guard said. Texas City is about 40 miles southeast of downtown Houston.

A man who answered the phone at Kirby Inland Marine Saturday declined to give his name and said he wasn’t able to comment.

On its Facebook page, Texas City Emergency Management said the dike and all parks on the water are closed until further notice.



Girl who fell into elevator shaft surviving with injuries

A 12-year-old girl who plunged 35 feet into the elevator shaft of a New York City apartment building has survived with serious injuries.

The accident happened Friday afternoon in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo.

The Fire Department of New York says the girl fell from the lobby of the building into the elevator pit.

She suffered multiple injuries and is in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center.

Fire spokesman Khalid Baylor tells The New York Times that firefighters and medical technicians pried open the elevator doors in the sub-basement to reach her and hoist her up in a basket.

The elevator apparently had been out of service at the time of the accident.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the girl lived in the building.

– From news service reports

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