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Ships collide near Gretna, span of river traffic closed

  // Wednesday, 13 August 2014 01:05 //
GRETNA, LA (WVUE) -

The U.S. Coast Guard, Jefferson Parish Emergency Management, and Gretna Police are on the scene of a collision between two large ships on the Mississippi River.

A Coast Guard spokesman confirms to FOX 8 News that one vessel was unloading at a terminal near the ferry landing when another one hit it.

A spokesman from the Gretna Police Department tells FOX 8 that there is a petroleum smell in the air near the accident, and they are investigating the extent of any leak.

They have evaluated the Gretna water intake system and have decided it is safe.

Police say there is no threat to residents on the west bank, and no evacuation has been ordered.

A Facebook post from Jefferson Parish Councilman-At-Large Chris Roberts said that a ship that had been loaded with grain ran into another docked at IMTT. It said the vessel that lost power was guided to shore by tugs.

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