Towboat carrying fuel sinks on the Mississippi


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A towboat filled with thousands of gallons of diesel fuel struck a submerged object and sank on the Mississippi River on Monday.

The Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and local emergency crews responded, shutting down an eight-mile stretch of the river near Davenport, Iowa, as the vessel began leaking fuel.

Approximately 89,000 gallons of petroleum are said to be on the sunken vessel.

To learn more, head over to the Huffington Post.