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NTSB to Investigate Towboat/Gas Pipeline Fire in Louisiana
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 NTSB to Investigate Towboat/Gas Pipeline Fire in Louisiana

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of five investigators to the scene of a fire involving a towboat with two barges and a natural gas pipeline in West Cote Blanche Bay near Morgan City, LA.

The accident occurred on October 12, about 11:00 a.m. (CDT), when a piling dropped from one of the barges and struck a submerged high-pressure gas line, causing the line to rupture and catch fire. Preliminary information is that three people were killed and three are missing. This will be a joint investigation with the U.S. Coast Guard. The NTSB Investigator-in-Charge is Morgan Turrell.

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Contact: NTSB Media Relations
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
 
 
 

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