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26 barges break loose and float down the Ohio River, causing damage and prompting bridge closures, officials say

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A marina in Pittsburgh suffered extensive damage when 26 barges carrying dry cargo broke loose and floated uncontrolled down the Ohio River. The incident led to the closure of two nearby bridges and the suspension of rail traffic on a rail bridge. No hazardous materials were on board the barges, but the exact extent of the damage to the marina remains unclear. Efforts are underway to locate and secure the loose barges, with some already pinned against the river bank and others going over the Emsworth Dam. Authorities are working to reopen the bridges once it is deemed safe.