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Barge crashes in Hudson River off Dutchman's Landing in Catskill; no injuries, no gasoline spills

Apr 05, 2017 12:03 am

Lance Wheeler recorded and uploaded this video of a barge crash in the Hudson River just off Dutchman's Landing near Catskill.

Emily Masters in the Albany Times-Union reports a barge carrying 60,000 barrels of refined gasoline crashed just outside of Catskill in the Hudson River Tue., April 4. The barge spent hours listing in the Hudson River off Dutchman's Landing in Catskill, but not leaking. No injuries have been reported, Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe said. The Daily Freeman reported that Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Sean Mahar said the barge ran aground on the “shallow, sandy river bottom” at 8:30 a.m. The RTC 150 barge is owned by the Staten Island-based Reinauer Transportation Company, and was moving from Newburgh to Albany with the Meredith C. Reinauer tugboat when the barge ran aground. The company said the barge ran aground “in foggy weather.” "There doesn't appear to be any damage," company spokesman Gary Gould said. "It's listing a bit but there're no hull break and no leaking." Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived on the scene in the afternoon to give a statement. The state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was also there, with state police investigating and the Catskill Fire Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Catskill Police, Greene County Emergency Services, and DEC officers also responded, the Register-Star reported. "Something went wrong this morning and we need to get to the bottom of it," Seggos told reporters at a news conference at the scene with Cuomo. "You don't have to be an environmental activist to be concerned," the governor said. Click here to hear Cuomo's remarks, recorded by Daniel Zuckerman. Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) released a statement saying, in part, "I intend to make a request for a formal investigation into the cause of the accident through the U.S. Coast Guard and if circumstances warrant it, the Office of Marine Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board." Click here to play a short interview with a passerby at the scene of the crash, recorded by Lance Wheeler.

Daniel Zuckerman recorded and uploaded Gov. Andrew Cuomo's remarks in Catskill Tue., April 4.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and Gov. Andrew Cuomo giving a press conference in Catskill Tue., April 4. Photo above from Vincent Seeley.
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