Worker dies in barge accident on Mississippi River

Worker dies in barge accident on Mississippi River

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a worker was killed in a barge accident on the Mississippi River on Friday.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) reported it happened just north of US 190 near the Port Allen side of the river. Lt. Commander Nicole Rodriguez with the USCG said the family of the victim has been notified, but the agency would not release the victim's name.

"There was unfortunately an accident that resulted in a death Bear Industries. A deck hand working on the towing vessel Danny Etheridge was involved in a fatal accident, said Lt. Commander Nicole Rodriguez.

The Coast Guard is the lead agency in the ongoing investigation into the incident.

The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is assisting in the investigation.

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