Fuel cleanup continues after boat sinks

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Officials were assessing the environmental damage Tuesday after a towboat carrying 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel and oil sank in the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, closing the river to barge traffic.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other organizations don’t yet know what the towboat struck before it began sinking around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Nine crew members escaped.

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