Oil spill closes Galveston Bay after collision

Kerosene spilled into the Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided in the area.

The Texas City Emergency Management posted on their Facebook page that a barge crashed into the Galveston ship channel Saturday afternoon.

According to the U.S. Coastguard, nearly 20,000 gallons of kerosene spilled into the Galveston Bay.

TxDot tweeted that the Galveston-Bolivar Services is closed until further notice, and people are asked to seek an alternative route until the area is safe.

We TMll keep you updated on this incident.

Effects from oil spill

McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- Crews were working through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching.

Booms were brought in to try to contain the spill, which the Coast Guard said was reported at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday by the captain of the 585-foot ship, Summer Wind. Coast Guard officials said the spill hadn't been contained as of 10 p.m., and the collision was still being investigated.

The Coast Guard says the ship collided with a barge carrying 924,000 gallons of marine fuel oil.

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