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Investigation into Barge Accident 'Ongoing,' says Coast Guard

The investigation continues into what caused multiple barges to dislodge from a tow boat on the Arkansas River Friday evening.
PULASKI COUNTY, AR -- The investigation continues into what caused multiple barges to dislodge from a tow boat  on the Arkansas River Friday evening.
   
The barges hit parts of the I-30 and Clinton pedestrian bridges.

The sound of those barges smashing into a protective cell was the first thing that let people know something was wrong.

"It really started making just horrible metal noises," said witness Nicki Cassady.

After hearing that sound, folks camping at a RV park along the river came out to look.

"I saw a big, long chain fly loose," Cassady said.

Coast Guard officials confirm a float of 12 barges smashed into protective cells in front of the I-30 bridge.
   
Witnesses say the barges began to break apart and crashed into cells in front of the Clinton bridge as well.

"Two barges went that way and four went that way, some went down stream," Cassady said.

Traffic snarled on I-30 as both bridges were shut down for almost an hour.

The highway department assessed the damage, and the bridges were reopened after officials determined the bridge structures themselves were unharmed.

Highway officials are expected to be out on the River again Monday to assess damage to the protective cells.

Meanwhile, a boy and his grandparents have a story they won't soon forget, and Williams got it on video.

"I just wanted to show my mom," she said.

Saturday evening, a Lieutenant with the US Coast Guard said the investigation into what happened is ongoing.
   
That investigation will include interviewing the captain of the tow boat.
   
The Lieutenant declined to comment on whether the captain could face any charges.
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