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Ohio River Disaster As Barge Hauling 1,400 Tons Of Methanol Smashes Into Dam

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Three large barges, one carrying 1,400 tons of methanol, were wedged against a dam and partially submerged, on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, following their detachment from a tugboat.

The Louisville Metropolitan Emergency Services said the navigation accident occurred early Tuesday morning when three barges — part of a group of ten — broke free from a tugboat after hitting a structure at the entrance to the Portland Canal near the river’s McAlpine Locks and Dam.

Videos from Tuesday evening show the three barges pinned against the bridge:

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