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26 barges broken loose and drifting down Ohio River

Updated: Jun 27

Several law enforcement agencies, in addition to other authorities, are currently on heightened alert as approximately twenty-six barges have broken loose and are drifting down the Ohio River.

As a precautionary measure, law enforcement has closed down multiple bridges, including the McKees Rocks Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and halted all traffic in response to this incident.

Of the barges involved, twenty-three were loaded while three were empty, and six have become lodged against the Emsworth Dam. Reports indicate significant damage at Peggys Marina. Authorities are urging individuals in the vicinity to steer clear of the area until further updates are provided.

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Incident Number


Alert Type

Public Safety Alert

Incident Type

Public Safety Incident

Incident Occurred

April 13 2024

Alert Posted

April 13 2024


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



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