More than a dozen runaway barges led to an oil spill on the Mississippi River early Friday morning.  Fourteen vessels broke free near Hartford, and collided with another barge that was loading crude oil, sending 300 gallons spewing into the river.  The river was shut down for about an hour while crews cleaned up the mess.  

Coast Guard officials are calling the incident a "minor spill," and don't think there will be any lasting impact.  Lieutenant Colin Fogarty with the U.S. Coast Guard says there were no injuries reported to man or wildlife.

Fogarty comments

As for who will pay for the clean-up, that depends on who is determined to be responsible.  Fogarty says determining the responsible party will be a part of the investigation, although with the river running high and fast, he says it could very well eventually be determined to be an "Act of God."

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