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Accident Report Detail

Collision between Towing Vessel William E Strait and Margaret Ann Tow

Executive Summary

On December 14, 2015, at 1122, the uninspected towing vessel Margaret Ann was downbound on the Mississippi River pushing 3 tank barges loaded with liquid asphalt when its tow collided with the uninspected towing vessel William E Strait, which was pushing a flotilla of 30 loaded gravel barges. The William E Strait partially sank on the left descending bank of the river. There were no reported injuries associated with this collision.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between the Margaret Ann and the William E Strait was the William E Strait pilot’s inability to hold his vessel in position along the left descending bank, as had been agreed on, to allow the safe and unimpeded passage of the Margaret Ann.

Accident Location:   ,     Lower Mississippi River (LMR), mile marker 727.4
Accident Date: 12/14/2015
Accident ID: DCA16FM010

Date Adopted: 8/12/2016
NTSB Number: MAB-16-13
NTIS Number:  

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