On February 21, 2018, at 0740, the towing vessel Leland Speakes was pushing 21 barges upbound on the Lower Mississippi River when a fire broke out in the engine room at mile 520.6, south of Greenville, Mississippi. The nine crewmembers on board tried to fight the fire but, unable to control it, abandoned the vessel to a skiff dispatched from a Good Samaritan towboat. The abandoned tow drifted 11 miles downriver until another towing vessel pushed it into a sandbar. The fire burned until later that evening before being extinguished by fire response teams and vessels. None of the crewmembers were injured, and no environmental damage was reported. The damage to the Leland Speakes was estimated at $4.5–5 million.