Barge collapses in Tennessee River in Chattanooga; crews work to remove heavy equipment
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) -The Chattanooga Fire Department says the Coast Guard is in charge of the clean up and investigation after a barge collapse sent a crane and a truck into the Tennessee River.
The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a hazmat situation off of Manufacturer's Road Tuesday.
CFD says this caused an oil spill along the Riverfront downtown.
Watch Kiley Thomas' 5 p.m. report below:
Joseph and Jackson Wingfield own the property on Manufacturer's Road, but not the barge over the water. They didn't want to go on camera, but say a man they hired two years ago asked if he could keep his equipment on their property. The Wingfields didn't want to identify the contractor, but they did say they were letting him park the equipment there, but later asked him several times to move it. They say he tried to move the truck on Friday, but he needed different equipment. The Wingfields say he was on the way Tuesday morning to remove the truck when a nearby business noticed gasoline spilling into the Tennessee River. The Chattanooga Fire Department has confirmed Tony Carter owns the truck and crane. CFD says it's unclear at this point who owns the barge.
As of 1:45 p.m., crews confirmed the spill had been contained, and is not going further downstream.
We're working to learn more on how the accident happened, and how much oil spilled.
The fire department says the Coast Guard is working with Carter, who is bringing equipment from Dayton to remove the heavy equipment and the barge from the water.
Depend on us to keep you updated as we learn more.