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3 injured in gasoline barge explosion in Mobile

   The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday morning that the Port of Mobile was open following an explosion Wednesday evening aboard a gasoline barge owned by Kirby Inland Marine.
   The agency said it received the initial notification at 8:40 p.m. that there was a barge explosion between the George Wallace Tunnel and Bankhead Tunnel in Mobile Bay. A total of seven explosions were reported, and the fire has been put out.
   Three people were transported to USA Medical Center for treatment of burns. One person was listed in critical condition.
   The Coast Guard said it is developing a salvage plan with T&T Salvage and is investigating the cause of the incident. – Chris Dupin

Chris Dupin

Chris Dupin has written about trade and transportation and other business subjects for a variety of publications before joining American Shipper and Freightwaves.