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December 15, 1996 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A freighter that lost power on the Mississippi River crashed into the landmark Riverwalk shopping mall Saturday, injuring at least 140 people as panicked holiday shoppers and mall workers trampled each other trying to flee. "Everyone was pretty calm and mellow until they saw the boat actually crash. . . . All of the sudden we heard the [ship] crash into the Riverwalk. It was mass chaos. People were running over each other.
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December 1, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Cleanup crews mopping up a 567,000-gallon oil spill, the largest on the Mississippi River in a decade, said a favorable wind was keeping the oil out of sensitive wildlife areas. More than 30,000 feet of containment booms had been set out to prevent the oil, spilled Tuesday when a tanker ran aground near New Orleans, from spreading, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Charles Culotta said. The spill forced a temporary shutdown of shipping.
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December 1, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Cleanup crews mopping up a 567,000-gallon oil spill, the largest on the Mississippi River in a decade, said a favorable wind was keeping the oil out of sensitive wildlife areas. More than 30,000 feet of containment booms had been set out to prevent the oil, spilled Tuesday when a tanker ran aground near New Orleans, from spreading, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Charles Culotta said. The spill forced a temporary shutdown of shipping.
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February 28, 1999 | Associated Press
The Coast Guard on Saturday shut down a 21-mile stretch of the Mississippi River to clean up fuel oil spilled when a tanker carrying gasoline lost power and hit a series of vessels. The crash about 11 p.m. Friday punctured one of the fuel tanks of the 551-foot, Liberian-flagged Hyde Park, but the Coast Guard said the 25,000 metric tons of gasoline it was transporting remained safe. It wasn't clear how much fuel oil spilled.
NEWS
September 4, 1988
A million gallons of carbon black feedstock oil, also known as aromatic tar, spilled into the Mississippi River channel near New Orleans after a tanker scraped the river bottom, rupturing its hull. Coast Guard Lt. Pat Galvin said that, because the oil does not float, the leak was not discovered until the Esso Puerto Rico began to list about 3 1/2 hours after the accident. The ship was bound from Baton Rouge, La., to the Netherlands.
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April 8, 1989 | From United Press International
A 635-foot Exxon tanker carrying gasoline and jet fuel ran aground Friday near the mouth of the Mississippi River, but company officials said no spill was reported and the ship was freed by mid-afternoon. "She went aground on soft mud about 8 a.m.," Exxon spokeswoman Susan Reeves said. "There was no damage to her hull, no cargo spilled and no injuries." Reeves said the Exxon Wilmington was en route from Baton Rouge to New Jersey at the time of the accident.
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May 6, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Shrimp fishing crews fired automatic weapons and rammed each other's boats in the Gulf of Mexico amid tension between longtime area fishermen and Vietnamese newcomers. No injuries were reported. The shooting stopped when Coast Guard helicopters and boats arrived, authorities said. Officials had reported one boat sinking because of the ramming, but they said it was out of danger. Officials said it was too early to place blame for the confrontation on the immigrants or the longtime residents.
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December 19, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The blaring ship's horn that warned Christmas shoppers a runaway freighter was about to smash into a crowded waterfront mall in New Orleans may have itself contributed to the accident, a board of inquiry was told. The Chinese master of the freighter, Deng Jing Quan, testified that his crew was unable to hear his first radioed orders to drop anchor in the middle of the river because the ship's pilot was blowing the emergency horn.
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December 21, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Coast Guard commander testified that he doesn't believe anyone tampered with the engine log of a ship that crashed into a riverside shopping mall in New Orleans. But Cmdr. Ken Parris was not asked at an inquiry if he noticed that a page was missing when he checked the book right after the accident. The missing page--neatly cut out of the bound, handwritten log--covered the two days before the accident.
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June 22, 1996 | Reuters
A barge collision in the Mississippi River 30 miles south of New Orleans dumped an estimated 21,000 gallons of marine diesel fuel into the river Friday, the Coast Guard said. The oil leaked from a 25-foot-long gash in a cargo tank carrying up to 84,000 gallons of the fuel, officials said. The spilled fuel stretched about 20 miles, Coast Guard Cmdr. Ken Parris said. Containment areas have been set up downriver.
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February 16, 1998 | From Reuters
Rough seas driven by high winds in the Gulf of Mexico disabled four vessels carrying 123 people Sunday night, sending Coast Guard vessels and good Samaritans scrambling to help, officials said. Two of three anchor lines on a 140-foot trenching barge, used to lay pipelines or cables, snapped in rough weather near Pascagoula, Miss. The barge, with 106 people on board, was in danger of being set adrift in 8- to 12-foot seas, the Coast Guard reported. Winds were gusting at more than 45 mph.
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November 16, 1997 | From Associated Press
Launching of a new 420-foot Coast Guard ship--the service's largest--into the Mississippi River kicked up a wave of muddy water and debris that inundated a viewing stand and injured about 20 people Saturday. Some suffered broken bones, but most of the injuries were minor cuts, bruises and scrapes, said Col. John Fortunato of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. After a christening ceremony, the ship, the Healy, was released into the river.
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December 21, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Coast Guard commander testified that he doesn't believe anyone tampered with the engine log of a ship that crashed into a riverside shopping mall in New Orleans. But Cmdr. Ken Parris was not asked at an inquiry if he noticed that a page was missing when he checked the book right after the accident. The missing page--neatly cut out of the bound, handwritten log--covered the two days before the accident.
NEWS
December 19, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The blaring ship's horn that warned Christmas shoppers a runaway freighter was about to smash into a crowded waterfront mall in New Orleans may have itself contributed to the accident, a board of inquiry was told. The Chinese master of the freighter, Deng Jing Quan, testified that his crew was unable to hear his first radioed orders to drop anchor in the middle of the river because the ship's pilot was blowing the emergency horn.
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December 18, 1996 | From Associated Press
The river pilot aboard a freighter that smashed into a waterfront shopping mall testified Tuesday that the Chinese crew never told him the ship was slipping out of control and didn't seem to respond to his orders with any sense of urgency. The pilot, Ted Davisson, testified at a National Transportation Safety Board inquiry into the cause of the accident Saturday.
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December 16, 1996 | From Associated Press
A quick-thinking crew may have narrowly averted what many feared when a freighter barreled into a riverfront stretch of stores, restaurants and hotel rooms: a disaster on the most dangerous part of the Mississippi River. Rescue workers with dogs picked through the wreckage of the ritzy Riverwalk complex Sunday in search of anyone who might have been trapped or killed when the grain freighter tore through it Saturday.
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February 28, 1999 | Associated Press
The Coast Guard on Saturday shut down a 21-mile stretch of the Mississippi River to clean up fuel oil spilled when a tanker carrying gasoline lost power and hit a series of vessels. The crash about 11 p.m. Friday punctured one of the fuel tanks of the 551-foot, Liberian-flagged Hyde Park, but the Coast Guard said the 25,000 metric tons of gasoline it was transporting remained safe. It wasn't clear how much fuel oil spilled.
NEWS
March 10, 1990 | Associated Press
A tugboat and a freighter collided Friday on the Mississippi River, sinking at least three grain barges and setting adrift up to 14 others, the Coast Guard said. No injuries were reported, but a 20-mile stretch of the river was closed while tugs rounded up the stray barges.
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December 15, 1996 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A freighter that lost power on the Mississippi River crashed into the landmark Riverwalk shopping mall Saturday, injuring at least 140 people as panicked holiday shoppers and mall workers trampled each other trying to flee. "Everyone was pretty calm and mellow until they saw the boat actually crash. . . . All of the sudden we heard the [ship] crash into the Riverwalk. It was mass chaos. People were running over each other.
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June 22, 1996 | Reuters
A barge collision in the Mississippi River 30 miles south of New Orleans dumped an estimated 21,000 gallons of marine diesel fuel into the river Friday, the Coast Guard said. The oil leaked from a 25-foot-long gash in a cargo tank carrying up to 84,000 gallons of the fuel, officials said. The spilled fuel stretched about 20 miles, Coast Guard Cmdr. Ken Parris said. Containment areas have been set up downriver.
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